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How to help employees make the most of summer

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Suddenly, we’re in the latter half of summer. It’s unclear how this lovely season always flies by while the winter months drag on for ages, but it seems like Labor Day will be here before we know it.

As you reflect on June and July, you should ask yourself if you’ve been providing your employees with summer perks. You can’t just rely on outdated benefits like vacation time and salary anymore to attract and retain top talent. In order to stay competitive in today’s job market, companies must offer opportunities for staff to socialize, stay healthy and enjoy being at work more.

Before Q3 comes to a close, consider adding one of these three summer benefits to your workplace. Let your employees know that you care about their happiness and that you’re just as good as the start-up down the block.

Summer Fridays

With each passing summer, I hear the term “Summer Friday” thrown around more and more. According to Inc.com, almost 50 percent of businesses now offer Summer Friday hours. With a summer Friday policy, the office closes a few hours early every Friday afternoon so employees have time to enjoy sunshine, fresh air and summer fun. Just how early staff is allowed to leave can depend on the industry, as some businesses have client meetings, deadlines or other timely factors that can affect early dismissal. Even if you can’t close the office before 5 p.m. every Friday, consider letting employees go early -- in the name of summer -- once or twice before autumn arrives.

Outdoor Yoga Classes

Have you ever walked by a public park and seen yogis meditating on the grass? Did it look like they were having fun? Treating your team to an afternoon of outdoor yoga is a great way to encourage them to get outside and stay fit. With our on-site yoga classes in New York, NY, and on-site yoga classes in Boston, MA, we can bring yoga and meditation right to your local green space. Whether you have an office campus with a grassy area or you invite everyone to a nearby park or soccer field, we can bring yoga mat rentals and a certified yoga instructor to your team. Plus, the physical and mental benefits of yoga are endless, and you can even help employees be more productive on the job.

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Brewery Meet-Up

Summer is the perfect time to hit up breweries in the area, as many of them have outdoor patios that aren’t open once the temperature drops. While you have the chance, sponsor a company event or simply organize a meet-up where employees can sip craft beers, mingle with their coworkers and enjoy fresh air. There’s nothing like spending a summer evening outside, so consider contacting some of the breweries in your area to find out if you can reserve a space for your staff.

Bring on-site yoga, early dismissal days and social events to your workplace, so your employees can make the most of summer. Don’t hesitate to contact Chasing Nirvana Yoga if you want to offer on-site yoga classes as a corporate wellness perk!

Are you reaping the spiritual & emotional benefits of yoga?

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While many people practice yoga for the physical advantages, it can also improve your emotional and spiritual well-being. If you learn more about what guides the practice of yoga beyond movement, you'll discover a whole range of benefits that will inspire your love for yoga all over again. Four aspects of yoga theory that can help you take better care of yourself from within are Ahimsa, Pratyahara, Pratipaksha Bhavana and Karuna.

Read more about these four principles of yoga that can improve your self-esteem from Mindbodygreen! Then, sign up for a yoga class with Chasing Nirvana Yoga at your office or apartment near Boston, MA, or New York City, NY!

Offer wellness benefits to promote employee satisfaction

When you consider how much time people spend at work, it makes sense that job seekers value pleasant and supportive office environments. These days, many employers are focused on providing their staff with a suite of fringe benefits from wellness programs to diverse and flexible work spaces. 

"In addition to investing in offices that incorporate features such as meditation and game rooms, collaboration spaces and flexible workplace designs that allow employees to choose where they work, businesses are now going above and beyond mere physical elements to focus on the mental health and wellness of employees," according to this article from Bisnow.

Check it out to learn more about how employee happiness is becoming a priority for companies. Stay competitive in the current job market by providing staff with perks like on-site meditation or yoga classes that promote wellness, inside and out!