There has been a lot of noise recently around the economic and cultural benefits that strategic workplace health programs have on staff and employers alike. Whilst the importance of workplace wellness is widely acknowledged across Australia, you might be surprised to know that many employers are turning to workplace massages as an affordable, easy and time-effective initiative to boost the physical and mental wellbeing of their workforce. The result? An increase in staff productivity, reduced absenteeism and a decrease in occupational injuries and WorkCover claims. Here’s what you need to know.
As the hours we spend strapped to our desk continue to increase at what feels like an exponential rate, burnout is a growing concern for employees and the companies that hire them. At the very least, these extended hours make it incredibly hard to maintain the focus and morale required to be firing on all cylinders at our optimal level of productivity. Workplace massages allow for a short period of downtime which gives the employee a chance to de-stress, refresh and refocus. Once they get back on the job, their overall mood will improve and they’ll be ready to give it their all. As a bonus? Regular massages have been shown to reduce absenteeism, a problem that’s costing the Australian economy $32.5 billion in payroll and lost productivity.
Improved Corporate Culture
Businesses that invest in and promote a culture of wellness have been shown to build stronger employee engagement with the company’s mission and goals. After all, employees that feel valued are more likely to stick around and positively influence those around them. By incorporating workplace massage into your culture of wellness, you’ll be sure to increase your army of smiling, happy people rooting for the success of the business.
Reduced Stress Symptoms
Research suggests that workplace massages not only alleviate stress but effectively promote positive mental health across many populations. As stress can be a major trigger for the 7.3 million Australians who have been affected by mental health issues at some point in their life, incorporating a simple workplace stress reliever may have benefits that extend further than the inside of an office or jobsite.
Improved Physical Health
Beyond the initial sensation of relaxation and calm that accompany a massage, comes an array of proven physical health benefits. Some of the most beneficial include:
- Stimulation of the lymphatic system (improving the body’s immune system)
- Increased mobility and flexibility
- Improved circulation
- Reduced muscle tension
- Improved sleep patterns
Needless to say, these physical improvements will complement an employee’s newfound boost in morale and psychological wellbeing perfectly. Workplace massages truly are a great way to show employees that you care and value them.
Workplace Massage is Easy and Affordable
The benefits of workplace massage on health and productivity are evident but an employer may wonder if it’s cost effective and easy to implement. The beauty of programs like the Healthworks Seated Massage service is that a highly trained massage professional can come to your office, at any time, for as long as you like, and allocate massage sessions for your employees from anywhere between 10 mins to 60 mins depending on the preference of your company.
It doesn’t take much to invest in the health and wellbeing of your employees and business. If you have any questions on workplace massage or would like to request a quote, get in touch today.