Follow Google and Facebook Into the World of Massage
Massages are no longer the preserve of spas. Over 100 hospitals and 200 health services around Britain now offer ‘touch therapy” such as massage to patients alongside conventional medicine. In the world of work, onsite massage has taken off. With leading companies such as Google and Facebook offering massage therapists onsite it’s no wonder their staff are so happy and others are now following their lead.
In fact, evidence from the Sunday Times’ ‘Best Companies to work for in the UK’ shows that companies who have higher levels of staff engagement (looking at parameters such as employee well-being) have 13% lower staff turnover, less than half the sickness absence of the UK average, and on the stock market they have consistently out-performed the FTSE 100.
REDUCING RECRUITMENT COSTS
There are many benefits in offering your staff onsite massage – whether you pay for it or arrange the sessions only. Firstly, onsite massage is a good employee benefit to offer and can help attract top talent to your company. Who doesn’t want to work at a company where they can get a cheeky 20 minute massage to relieve tension in the neck?
It’s also a perk that some find hard to give up. Who wants to move to a company with fewer benefits? This means that retention of staff improves, cutting down on recruitment costs.
INCREASING STAFF PRODUCTIVITY AND ATTENDANCE
Employee stress is now a major issue for companies. Massage helps to release tension and increase energy enabling your staff to stay calm and focused. This in turn impacts positively on their productivity. Stress, depression and anxiety account for 9.9 million lost work days each year. A big number which can be reduced by keeping stress levels under control.
Another cause of absenteeism is back pain. The NHS cites back pain as the leading cause of long-term sickness in the UK, responsible for more than 15 million lost work days in 2013. They put back pain down to strained muscles or ligaments, wear and tear, bad posture and stress.
Working at a desk all-day is not good for the muscles in the back and neck. Massage helps to relax the muscles and allow good posture to occur.
INCREASING CUSTOMER SERVICE AND POSITIVE WORD OF MOUTH PROMOTION
Finally, happy staff make for a happy customer experience. Who doesn’t feel more compelled to deal with a company when the staff are friendlier? Happy staff also spread the word to their friends and family about the company they work for, their products and services. There is nothing quite like free promotion, especially in today’s digital world.
According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development evidence suggests that initial programme costs can quickly be translated into financial benefits, either through cost savings or additional revenue generation. Their message is clear: good health is good business. What are you waiting for?