There are all kinds of activities and tasks that a company can offer its staff to have a workforce that is relaxed, focused and productive. Corporate massage is one of those activities that can be offered but, there can be barriers and hurdles that need to be crossed before it can really be appreciated.
Here we highlight seven problems that are often cited as a means of staving off corporate massage but, we have the solutions…
“It’s too expensive”, “We just don’t have the money in the budget”, “There are other things we need to spend on” and so on…
Budget restraints are commonplace across all businesses, in all sectors and industries. However, investing in staff is not just about paying for training courses or a visit to the pub on a Friday evening. Sometimes, putting your well-being budget where the mouth is a major step in looking after staff and trying something different.
Many corporate massage companies will offer attractive deals but, there is one other solution: providing subsidised corporate massage to your employees.
Many employees enjoy trying something new and so the possibility of office-based massage and the beneficial effects it can have is something that many people will be happy to contribute towards. Many people also believe that this helps with employees taking responsibility for their well-being too.
- Time issues
“We are too busy”, “There are not enough hours in the day”, “We can’t spare all these people for this amount of time” and so on…
Just like money, time can be tight. But again, there is a solution. Chair based office massage last between 15 and 20 minutes. You can offer a certain number of slots, providing one or two slots per department and they can either draw names from a hat or with a significant investment in the programme, you can have more than one therapist onsite to deliver the massage to staff.
You will find, however, that once people have been massaged that they will be far more productive and so the investment of allowing staff 20 minutes to have a massage could actually mean that you get increased productivity afterwards!
- Personal security
“We are a secure facility”, “It contravenes our disclosure and safety policy”, “We deal with highly confidential information and cannot have the public wondering through these areas” and so on…
There are much business that understandably have additional security issues, such as ensuring that people who access the interior of their business are authorised to do so.
Corporate massage companies understand this and due to the nature of their business will also vet their staff. Criminal Record Bureau checks are available to view in most cases – just ask! Many companies also set aside a room, well away from the main area of work.
- Opening hours
“We don’t operate 9 to 5”, “We are a 24 hours business”, “We would need it out of regular hours – and this would be too expensive” and so on…
Not all companies operate from 9 to 5 and a professional corporate massage company will understand this. There are many therapists who will offer on-site therapies out of regular working hours, with many not incurring any extra charges.
“We don’t have the room”, “We don’t have access to private rooms”, “Our office is open plan” and so on…
Chair massage does not require an enormous amount of space. With the chair and room to work, the space needed is probably a 7foot square.
However, people may feel self-conscious being massaged at their desk in full view of everyone and if there is no separate room, room dividers can work well to create a more private space.
“We don’t know that the person is safe to work on our staff”, “We don’t want to be liable for staff being hurt”, “The massage people could be anybody!” and so on…
In the UK, licencing of massage therapists varies from one local authority area to another, with only those therapists operating in London needing to be licenced. However, this is not a barrier to highly reputable companies who will make it known what qualifications and accreditations their staff hold. Checking and asking to see certification is one step, asking them what it means and what the risks are – if any! – is the second step. That said, chair massage is safe and beneficial to everyone.
“Staff feel uncomfortable being touched in the workplace”, “Our employees won’t like it”, “It’s not for us” and so on…
Not everyone enjoys being touched and, some people do find it uncomfortable being touched or massaged at work, simply because it is not something that they associate with work.
Professional massage therapists will spend time putting people at ease, assuring them that there is no need to worry or be concerned. Many people relax when they realise that they do not have to take clothes off!