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Log into yoga, upgrade efficiency
Mathang Seshagiri, TNN, Nov 1, 2010, 02.38am IST
BANGALORE: Yoga could well replace Six Sigma and become the new mantra for corporate managers. Not only will asanas help improve their performance but also raise their satisfaction levels a few notches.
These are the major findings of a first-of-its-kind study by researchers at the Indian Institute of Management- Bangalore (IIM-B) who found that yoga enhances employees’ Emotional Intelligence (EI) and significantly improves managerial performance in organisations.
Using data collected from 60 managers, the study shows that employees who maintain a strong spiritual factor are more tolerant to failure and less susceptible to stress. “A systematic adoption of the yoga way of life can result in better EI among managers, thus paving the way for better performance as managers,” say Hasmukh Adhia, H R Nagendra and B Mahadevan. The paper ‘Impact of Adoption of Yoga Way of Life on Emotional Intelligence of Managers’ was published in the latest issue of IIM-B Management Review.
The researchers divided employees of a business enterprise into two teams — yoga group and control group. While the yoga group was given 30 hours of yoga practice and 25 hours of lectures on philosophy of yoga over six weeks, the control group was given training in normal physical workout for an equal number of hours and lectures on success factors in life based on modern thought.
The results show yoga helps managers perform better professionally and personally. Exposure to yoga can help managers become “more self-aware and self-regulated individuals, with a proper perspective of life and various relationships,” states the paper.