Whether you want to reward your staff, motivate them, or build your workplace wellbeing, seated massage is a quick effective way to give a boost to the working day.
Do you want to improve morale in the workplace, reduce staff absentee days, increase staff productivity, reduce stress and tension and improve staff retention?
Is it worth it?
There is much being said about workplace wellbeing or corporate wellness, and massage is one avenue of introducing this to your business. But is it worth it?
There are a lot of claims as to what massage can achieve. Read on as to why, and how, massage can positively impact staff wellbeing, but also be financially worth the investment for your business.
Stress is now the leading cause of long-term sickness absence in the workplace. 40% of employers saw stress-related absence increase in 2012 (1) resulting in:
22% of employees describing their jobs as either “very” or “extremely” stressful (2)
Loss of £600 per employee per year. (3)
An average of 24 working days for each stress related absence (4)
11.7 million working days lost because of stress related sickness absence (4)
£3.7 billion annual cost to employers of workplace stress (5)
14% of employee turnover was a direct result of work-related stress (6)
In response to these findings, companies have introduced wellbeing initiatives.
92% of companies that introduced or revised wellbeing benefits saw a positive impact on absentee levels (7).
Organisations that evaluated the impact of their well-being spend were more than twice as likely to report they increased their well-being spend the following year compared with those who didn't evaluate well-being spend (45% compared with 20%), suggesting that evaluations tend to conclude that investing in wellbeing is worthwhile. (8)
The cost savings primarily come from improvement of morale in the workplace therefore general increase in staff retention saving on recruitment costs and reducing staff absentee days & presenteeism.
So, how does massage specifically increase staff productivity and reduce stress and tension? Research has shown regular massage can:
reduce depression (9)
reduce stress and stress-related symptoms by decreasing cortisol and increasing dopamine and serotonin levels (10)
reduce job stress through relaxation but increase alertness and performance accuracy in cognitive tasks (11)
reduce anxiety and heart rate (12)
improves circulation and immune system (13).
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