With the economy struggling, and many businesses closing their doors forever, some companies are still treating their employees well. They’re doing it cheaply, in the office by hiring a corporate massage company to perform seated massage on their employees.
“The massages we provide are not the type of luxury that you might find at a resort spa,” says Alana Eve Burman, president and founder of JoyLife Therapeutics, a provider of corporate massage across the U.S. and worldwide. “The cost is much lower, and employees receive a significant stress relief and morale boost.”
During these uncertain times when consumer confidence is low and corporate revenue and earnings are down, times have rarely been worse for corporate expenditures on employees.However, companies are finding that office massage can be a cost-effective way to reward employees and de-stress the work environment. “We need a way to reward our employees, to show them that they are worthwhile, even if the amount of money we spend on them to do this is small,” said Diana Cortijo with World Bank, the international financing and development institution and a recent recipient of office massage.
“Chair massage offers us a low-price way to bring the luxury of massage to our employees.”Office massage, in addition to being low-cost, is also low-maintenance for companies. Therapists provide their own transportation to the business, and bring their own massage chair and all supplies. They perform massage on employees on-site, with the employees fully clothed in an ergonomically relaxed, seated position. Most on-site massage happens at an impromptu station, often setup in an unused meeting room in the office.
“It really takes the stress out,” said Helene Mangones of Graf Repetti & Co, LLP, another recent office massage recipient and New York based accounting firm. “All of a sudden bigger projects seem easier to tackle. The stress that builds up during the day is relieved, allowing for an easier finish to the day, and even the current week and month.” This stress reduction could ultimately lead to increases in productivity and a rise in profits.
Stress is one of the leading causes of lowered productivity in the workplace. One estimate puts direct stress-related costs to businesses in the US at $300 billion annually. Studies at the University of Miami shows stress reduction, mood and the immune system all benefit from massage therapy. “We notice that things can get a little stressed, especially given the current economic environment,” Cortijo, of World Bank, said. “Office massage helps keep our workers’ minds and bodies fresh, and doesn’t stretch our budget to do it.”
Seated Massage in Australia
Australia is suffering the same trials and tribulations as our American counterparts when it comes corporate culture. Seated massage is becoming very popular in Australia as we realise the benefits of taking care of a companies most valuable asset – employes. Health and wellness programs are a fantastic return on investment. Studies suggest that for every $1 invested in employee health and wellbeing, a $5 return in investment will be realised. Improvements in productivity, office morale, less absenteeism, sick leave and work cover claims are also seen.
2 Hands Corporate Massage offers a fabulous workplace health and wellness programs in Australia. Call 1800 333 807 today and mention the words COSTS LOW and receive 15% off. www.2handsmassage.com.au