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2016 Forbes article ‘5 Reasons Executives Should Schedule A Massage Today’. some of the compelling reasons include; reducing pain and stress, improving productivity, sparking creativity and enhancing sleep. “When you get a massage, it is about you, People need that. We need to be nurtured.”
Oxford Article 2016 suggests massage is an effective way to manage pain.
An Australian study considered the combined effects of self-rated work performance and absenteeism. The data suggests the healthiest employees are almost three times more effective than the least healthy, with the healthiest employees working approximately 143 effective hours per month compared to 49 effective hours per month by the least healthy. Workhealth Research Synthesis Report, April 2013. http://www.iscrr.com.au/reports-pubs/research-reports/workhealth/workhealth_synthesis_report.pdf
Workplace health and wellbeing programs can significantly improve the health of employees. Put simply: healthy workers = healthy organisations = healthy business performance. Employers who run health and wellbeing programs do so because they want to:
- Improve work performance and productivity
- Reduce costs associated with absenteeism, presenteeism, disability and workers’ compensation
- Improve the culture of the organisation and retain existing employees
- Improve the organisation’s image, attract talented employees and fulfil corporate social responsibility obligations.
Australian Government Comcare Report; Benefits to business: the evidence for investing in worker health and wellbeing 2011.
Corporate massage has been promoted as an effective intervention for stress management and for reducing physical tension, and there has been many claims in favour of such programs, including that it relieves stress and tension (Bost & Wallis, 2006), increases productivity (Waite, 2006), improves morale (Hirschhorn, 1990), lowers health care costs (Williams, 2011), and reduces absenteeism (Hawkins, 2011)
Global research has found that when employee health and wellness is managed well the percentage of engaged employees increases from 7% to 55%. This research also found self-reported creativity and innovation increases from 20% to 72% Right Management 2009, Wellness and Productivity Management: A New Approach to Increasing Performance, 15 July 2011.http://www.rightmanagement.com.au/thought-leadership/e-newsletter/wellness-and-productivity-management.pdf
The significant economic burden that work-related stress imposes upon the Australian economy appears to be growing steadily. WorkSafe Victoria (2011) reported that “stress is the second most common cause of workplace compensation claims in Australia, second to manual handling”
Research on the relationship between health and productivity finds healthy workers are more productive at work than unhealthy workers. Mills, P 2005, The Vielife/IHPM Health and Performance Research Study, 1 July 2011. http://www.healthproject.com.au/content/ROI_CORPORATE_HEALTH.pdf
Australian workers’ compensation figures consistently reveal that physical and psychological injuries pose a costly burden to the Australian economy. Managing and minimising work-related stress of employees is one of the challenges that employers continually face (Lavelle, 2005; Working Carers Gateway, 2010). Stress damages the economy, organisations and individuals (Medibank Private Limited, 2008).
Chronic diseases; which include arthritis, musculoskeletal disease, depression and anxiety, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and hypertension, is considered to be largely preventable, and is identified as the prime cause of lost work time in the working-age population.World Economic Forum 2008, Working Towards Wellness:The Business Rationale, 1 July 2011,http://www.weforum.org/pdf/Wellness/report.pdf
Health and wellbeing programs help to attract quality employees who value personal health and assist in retaining existing staff members. Roll out of programs has the potential to improve workplace culture as well as workplace health by developing a closer congruence between employer and employee values—increasing the satisfaction level of employees. Crowther, I, Thwaites, M and Zhou, J 2004, Measuring the benefits of corporate health & wellbeing initiatives, 25 July 2011.
When employees at work are not fully functioning due to illness or a medical condition, it is estimated the cost to the employer is between three and four times that of absenteeism. Australian Government Comcare Report. Benefits to business: the evidence for investing in worker health and wellbeing 2011 http://www.comcare.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/99303/01410_WH_and_S_Benefits_to_business_v1.pdf
In 2005-06 the cost of presenteeism to the Australian economy was estimated to be 25.7 billion
“Sick at work” Medibank private study. 2007.
Stress at work is costing the Australian economy $14.81 Billion a year.
Stress related Presenteeism and absenteeism are directly costing Australian Businesses $10.1 Billion each year. 3.2 days per worker are lost each year due to workplace stress
“The Cost of Workplace Stress in Australia” Medibank private Workplace Health Report 2008.
Healthy employees are nearly three times more productive than unhealthy employees. Unhealthy employees take up to nine times more sick days than their healthy colleagues. Poor employee health and absenteeism is costing Australian business more than 7 billion dollars annually. 53% of Australian workers feel overwhelmed with stress and pressure most of the time.
“The health of Australia’s workforce” Medibank private report 2005