employee benefits

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 You can’t just rely on outdated benefits like vacation time and salary anymore to attract and retain top talent.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!

Employee retention and acquisition are essential for 2018 business growth

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As Q3 approaches, you might be brainstorming ways to grow your business in the second half of the year. Two key factors for business growth and development are employee retention and acquisition, according to the annual Business Pulse Survey by SunTrust Banks, Inc. Nearly half of the businesses surveyed said attracting employees, and then holding on to them despite how often millennials switch jobs these days, is a significant challenge.

With domestic unemployment continuing to hover just above four percent, one of the lowest levels in a decade, many companies feel they are at a critical point competing for talent,’ said Jason Cagle, head of Commercial Banking at SunTrust. ‘Businesses are looking at all opportunities to attract and retain employees from offering new benefits to sharing tax reform proceeds.’
— SunTrust

One way to stay competitive in today's ever-changing job market is by offering modern office amenities and employee perks such as on-site yoga classes and flexible work spaces. Contact Chasing Nirvana Yoga to learn more about our office yoga classes in New York, NY, and on-site yoga classes in Boston, MA

Encourage employees to take breaks in exchange for a more focused team

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Do you notice your employees working long hours and checking client emails during off hours? Do you encourage this non-stop work mindset? While it's natural to want to maximize the woman/manpower you have, it's actually more beneficial to insist your staff take breaks to exercise, rest, socialize and disconnect from technology.

 

Mounting scientific evidence confirms that contemplative practices such as mindfulness, meditation, and yoga improve mental and physical health. These opportunities...can help workers de-stress, renew focus and attention, and feel refreshed throughout a long workday.
— Training Mag

Prevent your employees from getting becoming exhausted and apathetic by urging them to alternate between working and relaxing. Whether this means providing on-site pilates classes or nap pods like some start-ups do, encouraging your team to take breaks can help them be more productive during the time they are working. When people are burned out on work, they are simply more likely to lose focus and make mistakes.

Read more about helping your staff be their healthiest and thereby most productive selves. Contact Chasing Nirvana Yoga to bring on-site yoga classes to your luxury condo in NYC or corporate office in Boston.