Employee Amenity

Office Trends: 87% Want Their Employers to Offer Healthy Workspace Benefits

It’s no secret that the typical office floor plan has transformed far beyond impersonal cubicle farms. Over the last few decades, we’ve watched office spaces evolve like origami, moving toward open floor plans and communal spaces, with many offices even adding ping pong tables to the mix. But what’s trending for 2019? 

While office trends come and go, one thing that does not change is the impact that the office environment has on employee health and wellbeing. A quality workspace design leads to a less stressful and more productive atmosphere. It’s essential that employers take the physical work environment of their employees into consideration. Employees need to feel comfortable and calm in their physical work settings to produce their best work.
— Forbes
  • According to the Fellowes Workplace Wellness Trend Report, employees are really focusing on a healthier work environment. This report is filled with fascinating statistics, including the following: 

  • An overwhelming majority (87%) of workers would like their current employer to offer healthier workspace benefits, with options ranging from wellness rooms, company fitness benefits, sit-stands, healthy lunch options, and ergonomic seating.

  • Interestingly, employees of younger companies are less likely (34%) to be turned down when asking for in-office benefits like sit-stand desks than employees at established companies (42%).

  • 93% of workers in the tech industry said they would stay longer at a company who would offer healthier workspace benefits, with options ranging from wellness rooms, company fitness benefits, sit-stands, healthy lunch options, and ergonomic seating.

Here at Chasing Nirvana Yoga, we’ve watched offices transform firsthand when employers or property managers offer on-site yoga and wellness classes. The plus side is that they don’t even need to reconstruct their floor plan for these offerings (unless they want to!). As long as there is a space to congregate, the wellness can commence! 

For those wondering where to start, check out this helpful chart from the Forbes article exploring the Fellowes report. It outlines seven concepts for healthier buildings, including air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. Read the full article for more tips on incorporating each concept into your daily 9-5!

The Well Building Standard

For more information on Chasing Nirvana Yoga or to set up a consultation for your space, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

Crystal Carden Brings Essential Oils to CNY

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Have you heard the news? Chasing Nirvana Yoga is adding an essential oils expert to our yoga teacher lineup, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Crystal Carden to the team!

Crystal, a Massachusetts native, dove headfirst into her yoga practice and essential oil studies about a year ago. Her journey began when her family started a keto diet variation that helped her lose over 60 pounds. She was inspired to continue finding new ways to be the happiest and healthiest version of herself. After trying just one yoga class, she was hooked!

Crystal started her teacher training around the same time she began learning about essential oils as natural solutions for health issues and substitutes for chemical-laden products. Once her family was paying more attention to the food they put in their bodies, she wanted to take the effort one step further and cut out unnecessary chemicals. Crystal was able to replace a lot of her family’s everyday items and medications with essential oil rollers. From headaches and muscle pains to anxiety and fatigue, the ailments that can be treated by essential oils are endless.

“When you find something you love, you want to share with people. I believe in this too much to fail. And I give the oils to my kids, so you know I truly believe in them.”

Because essential oils only take about 20 seconds to enter the bloodstream, they’re perfect for fast relief and benefits. She says anything you would ingest as a plant can be ingested as an oil. Plus, her oils are certified as non-GMO, so you can trust that none of the crops were treated with chemicals when they were being grown.

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Something Crystal loves about her work with essential oils is tailoring the concoctions to individual people; it makes her feel like a Harry Potter of holistic wellness. For example, she recently created an essential oil solution for a woman who wanted relief from asthma and allergies. Even her husband, who was skeptical of Crystal’s oil voodoo at first, finds himself asking for the “magic potion” for his neck. Meanwhile, citrus blends work nicely for her 12-year-old son, Brennan, who tells me that lime is his absolute favorite oil.

“When you start to see what you do benefit other people, that’s the cool piece. You become an inspiring person for people, who then want to make healthy changes for themselves. That’s the neatest part for me.”

Could bringing essential oil rollers into the office help employees focus, feel more energetic and avoid aches and pains? Absolutely! Contact Chasing Nirvana Yoga to learn about the different essential oil solutions and rollers that Crystal can make for you. Feel free to check out Crystal’s business, Branches & Co., for more information about essential oils.

5 Office-Friendly Plants That Promote Good Health

Millennials have spoken, and wellness is not only a priority in the workplace. It’s a necessity. Thankfully, employers are listening and are beginning to offer more and more wellness amenities to meet their needs. Even office design is trending in this direction. A Harvard study found that office design plays a big role in career success and overall well-being. It examined ten high-performing buildings across five US cities and found those who worked in green-certified offices (indicating the level of environmental friendliness) had a 26% boost in cognition, 30% fewer sickness related absences, and a 6% rise in their sleep quality.

If your office is not green-certified, there are plenty of ways you can do your part, starting with bringing a little nature to your desk. Plants have notable healing qualities, and besides … who doesn’t want a little friend to keep them company at work?! 

Here are five office-friendly plants that promote good health.


1. Succulents

Succulents

Succulents are super low-maintenance, needing a good soaking only about once a week. There are many different varieties in both green and vibrant colors, so choose what suits you! Succulents are known to help purify air and improve humidity. They can also improve your focus, and some studies even suggest they can increase pain tolerance when they are nearby! You can find plenty of succulent choices at your local garden center. 

2. English Ivy

English Ivy

English Ivy will grow as long as you let it, so if you have a lot of desk space, this is the perfect plant to add! They will grow in low light but do best in bright, indirect light. English Ivy has been shown to reduce indoor mold counts and can help alleviate airborne toxins. This plant is especially helpful for people with allergies because it is anti-inflammatory, antiarthritic, and antioxidant. You can breathe easy with English Ivy on your side!

3. Aloe

Aloe

Aloe is an incredible plant with many health properties. You may know it best for its help with sunburns and skin injuries, but that’s not all aloe helps with. Aloe has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that can inhibit growth of bad bacteria that causes infections in humans. You can even ingest aloe for potential digestion benefits, use it as a mouthwash, and swap out your standard pain reliever for its gel. Be sure to discuss topical or supplemental use of aloe with your doctor to see if it’s right for you! 

4. Philodendron

Philodendron

Pilodendrons are another low-maintenance plant that are commonly used in the house, which makes them perfect for your office building! They are also very adaptable to change. Philodendrons are one of the best plants for purifying the air. They are even NASA-approved as a means of providing purer and cleaner air for space stations!

5. Bamboo

Philodendron

Bamboo plants are prominent in Zen gardens, so this is reason enough to keep one on your desk for peace and tranquility at work. This long, woody grass is resilient and quite nutritional as well as beautiful – it’s a rich source of amino acids, phosphorous, dietary fiber, magnesium, protein, iron, potassium, copper, selenium, vitamin B1, nicotinic acid, calcium, zinc, sodium, riboflavin, carotene, and essential minerals. 

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes to office buildings, community spaces, events, and more. Our goal is to bring a focus to wellness as a whole rather than just fitness. Our classes encourage your workforce to take a physical and mental break during their workday and to find a balance between stillness of mind, strength of body, and peace within your heart, all of which will help you maintain the inertia behind the daily juggle of life. For more information, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.