More and more businesses realise that to thrive and grow in a tough market, they need highly skilled and committed staff. But, when stress strikes it can rob a business of its cutting edge. Companies are therefore taking new and exciting routes to offer employees ways and means of coping and dealing with stress.
Corporate massage is one such exciting, and successful innovation. But do you know everything you need to? Here office massage is explained, along with the benefits it can bring to your company.
The problem with stress
Stress is a much-needed emotion. It can be the positive emotion that drive people to do bigger and better things. It can be needed in an organisation to fuel the final push towards clinching the big contract or meeting the deadline that cements the company’s reputation for being sector-leading.
But stress can quickly flip from manageable to soul-destroying. It is a personal concept too, so what one person finds stressful, another may not register it at all.
It also comes with a stigma but slowly, we realise that stress has a very real impact on both the person and the business.
I. Why opt for office massage?
The power of touch is a very powerful thing. Very few people do not like to be touched or massage and so it can be a successful and popular office based reward for employees.
Physically, the benefits are enormous. For example, muscles are relaxed, circulation is improved and many employees feel physically alert and well after a massage.
Emotionally, it can slow the whirling mind and can make seeing solutions to problems much easier too. Even though massage is a great way to relax, it also increase emotional alertness too.
II. Is it messy and time consuming?
Many people only see the one type of massage – the type opted for at a spa that involved de-robing and the heavy use of essential oils. This is part of a larger package that many people find beneficial. It is a chance to take several hours out of a busy schedule, enjoying the luxury and peacefulness of spa surroundings.
This is a great way to relax but studies have shown that people can enjoy similar relaxation benefits with chair-based massage, the type of massage that is offered in offices across the UK. There is no need for staff to undress as the massage is given over the top of clothes. Neither are oils used as the massage is deep penetrating without the need for oils of any kind.
III. Why massage? Isn’t it a bit ‘personal’?
Many people do associate massage with being very personal, after all it is an intimate thing for one person to touch another.
The benefits of massage are many and varied but, massages do not need to be given in full view of other employees or customers. Many companies put aside a quiet, screened space or room for use for the times that the massage sessions are available. This way, staff can have the privacy needed to make the sessions truly relaxing and stress-busting.
Everything that is needed for office based massage is provided by the company too.
IV. How to sell it to staff?
Clearly, the staff team need to know what is an offer, the type of massage and the times that it will be available too, along with any costs to them.
The key aspects of any therapies on offer are that it is an option that staff can choose to partake in or not. Some people will not relish the prospect of massage at work whereas others will. Likewise, opinions and attitudes rarely change overnight so offering office-based massage over a series of sessions over months is a great way of ensuring that stress therapies become ingrained within the company.
V. How much does it cost?
When the bottom line is under pressure, things that are considered superfluous are the first to go and massage is usually one of them.
Some companies choose to pay for the therapy over a set number of months as a perk and reward treat for their staff. Other companies subsidise the office massage for a short period, but other companies are happy to engage a firm, but the employees pay the cost themselves.
There are all kinds of deals to be had for massage, with many companies reaping the benefits of employees enjoying a 15 to 20 minutes massage at their desk, or in a quiet space.