Morale and productivity are linked; there is a solid bridge between how we feel about work, and when we are in work, with not only how much work we do but also the quality of our ‘output’.
But what is morale and why is there such a solid link between this and productivity?
Morale is the state of our internal emotions, the spirit with which we walk around either exhibiting or hiding every day; it is the confidence, the cheerfulness, the discipline and willingness we apply when completing tasks. And it seems that chair massage can help in creating positive internal emotions.
Work is a big factor in many people’s lives; it takes up the majority of the day (or evening or nights, for some shift workers). We work for financial gain, as well as for our own well-being; the feeling of being useful, valued and productive.
In the main, the majority of employees are happy in their work; they enjoy what they do and the company for which they work. But we have all met those employees who moan their way through the day, but low morale is not the same.
Low morale comes from the feeling of not being appreciated; or not feeling that what we do in the grand scheme of things is seen as important. Some people may feel unsupported in their work and just generally, they perform tasks day in and day out, for very little recognition or purpose.
And when we don’t feel good about something, when we no longer enjoy completing the task, when we feel undervalued and unsupported, the quality and output we produce drops.
And so, as you would expect, increasing the morale of the workforce can mean only one thing – productivity is boosted!
Can the answer to morale boosted performance be bought?
To a certain extent, yes it can. Knowing what your workforce is lacking, knowing what they need and then acting on it, is one way of boosting the morale of employees.
But sometimes, it is not just a training issue or a night out socialising on the company credit card that ‘fixes this problem’. It is about something more. It is about telling or highlighting to employees that they are genuinely valued and sometimes, the small things can make all the difference.
The facts, figures and research
Massage is something that many people invest in, recognising that the benefits are many and varied. From having an hour of ‘me time’ to feeling far more relaxed and at peace with the world, companies and businesses in the UK have perhaps been slightly more reluctant to take on massage at work as a tool for boosting and maintaining employee morale and productivity.
It is true to say that, until fairly recently, there was lack of funding both here and across the pond to perform in-depth study and analysis of the pros and cons of massage at work. This meant that for many companies and businesses, the ‘soft results’ of ‘I felt so much better…’ was all they had as a means of defence and justification when it came to spending company funds on massage at work. To a certain extent, this was a little too open to interpretation but now, with funding and in-depth research across the globe, the power of work-based massage is being recognised with hard statistics and analysis.
American corporations have all begun to rapidly invest in wellness programs that promote morale and productivity within their workforce. One large multi-national company reported that with their ‘wellness program’ that included work based massage, there was a 25% decrease in time off taken by employees due to ill-health, including stress related illness or incidents.
But work-based massage is only one tool within a well-planned wellness programme designed to boost morale and productivity:
- Play together – socialising, meeting people outside of work is also a way of ensuring that the team ‘gels’ and this means that people learn to trust and rely on each other more. Work-based massage is a great way of relaxing people, so that they converse, rather than just work together.
- Value and care – knowing that they are valued and that you genuinely care for their well-being is one way of making employees feel that they are deriving benefits from worm, other than their salary each month.
- Look to create opportunities – people like the idea of being able to progress or have the idea that there may be opportunity to be promoted and progress within an organisation. Employees don’t like the idea of being ‘pigeon holed’ into one place… and kept there.
- Benefits – it has been mentioned about additional benefits other than taking home decent pay at the end of each week or month, but research has found that additional perks can help someone feel valued. Work based massage as part of a rolling programme is a great way of ensuring that employees have a benefit to look forward too. This is morale boosting and, the stress-free employee will be more willing and able to produce high quality work that the business needs to survive and thrive!
Why not offer a programme of work-based massage and see the benefits for yourself?