Most people think about massage as a good way to deal with stress. And according to research from Medicare 24/7 Health Advice Line (MHAL) more than 20 million sick days each year are taken by Australian workers suffering from stress-related illnesses, costing the Australian economy $14.8 billion annually.
It makes sense then, to introduce measures that will help stressed employees deal with the physical, mental and emotional effects that stress (in and out of the workplace) can have on them.
Many large enterprises (such as Boeing and Google) have established massage programs for their employees. For Boeing, the goal is to drive stronger physical and mental resilience with healthy lifestyle and work balances. Google is so committed to its massage program that it even has its own massage program manager who oversees the process, which includes chair massages, table massages, prenatal massages and Thai massages.
It really does work – the more supported your workforce feels, the more likely they are to remain loyal, stay in the job and not ‘take a sickie’ just because they’ve had enough.
So what can you do to help your employees destress at work?
Meal plans and Yoga might not appeal to everyone, but most people appreciate a Massage. In-office massage and chair massage programs are one way forward that’s relatively inexpensive – and compared to the amount it might cost you to have an employee go on long term sick leave with stress-related illness, it’s positively cheap. Research backs up the positive effects of massage therapy on performance as well as mental alertness, so you can look forward to better productivity and accuracy as well as less sick leave to worry about.
It’s Not Just About Stress
Although we think of stress as being the number one condition that massage can help with, many office workers also experience physical symptoms from desk work – and the same applies to factory, warehouse and even driving staff whose work can lead to musculoskeletal injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. These injuries can lead to staff having to take time off sick and are to blame for many workers’ compensation awards. Massage can really help reduce the risk of developing this type of injury, which means less absenteeism, fewer compensation claims, and less cost to employers.
How Does In-Office Massage Work?
There are different schemes and options you can choose if you’re looking for a great way to bring massage to those appreciated staff members in your work environment.
It’s so easy to incorporate massage therapy into your workplace – you don’t even need a dedicated room to be able to take advantage of this fantastic workplace perk. As a trained therapist I offer a specialised service, which involves myself visiting your office or work premises with a dedicated chair and giving short massage sessions (10/15 minutes) to employees.
These are usually back, neck and shoulder style treatments which can be carried out fully clothed in a specially designed chair, reducing time away from work. And if required I have the ability to source additional therapists to facilitate a faster turn-over or larger work force.
Other options also include bringing equipment onto your premises to set up a mini massage room that employees can visit for longer treatments, perhaps for a wellbeing day, which is a really good way to make employees feel valued as well as giving them a valuable de-stressing opportunity.
Why not look into workplace massage as a way to help keep your workforce healthy – you know they will thank you for it. Phone me on 0437 657 050 to discuss your corporate needs!