Massage for thousands of years now benefits both our body and spirit. It is integrally connected to our wellbeing.
For your Team
Corporate massage can increase your team’s performance as well as nurture a feeling of belonging.
640 Employees / 11 Points 4 Days / Athens-Larisa-Thessaloniki
‘’They offered 12’ of rejuvenating dry massage sessions without oil, in each one of us, in the meeting rooms we provided them. In combination with the energy drinks and special food mixtures they offered us at the end, they left each receiver perfectly happy, rejuvenated and in a really good mood’’
‘’The implementation methodology had an amazing flow, it anticipated for every possible detail and it was also flexible enough to adjust to our own particularities and rules. They were consistent, organized and handled professionally the project that we assigned them. Hygiene levels were high and the overall organization required little of our own time.’
OTE – Cosmote Group
1200 Workers / 6 Points / 4 Days / Athens
‘’They responded to our every request with great willingness and flexibility in the intensive program, they showed absolute adaptability to different audiences and cultures, and thanks to their communication skills they won all the employees.’’
‘’In the few minutes of break time for the workers in the Call Centers, Mark and John worked intensively and with great quality thereby giving really valuable moments of wellness to our employees, which was recorded on the assessment form completed afterwards.’’
‘’We believe that the opportunity will be given for a new cooperation – particularly in the context of Internal Communication programs – for the OTE Group employees, as a request has already been made for the resumption of a Wellness program with our partners Mark and John.’’
We have a series of delicious and beneficial suggestions that will accompany and supplement your people’s experience. Our focus is exclusively on super-foods and antioxidant mixes that boost your mood and increase your energy levels.
Our goal is to educate you about methods that promote physical and mental wellness as well as new ways of diet. If we influence your nutritional habits positively, we will also help you change your daily routine. Changing your daily routine helps improve your body’s energy reserves, boost your mental power and consequently increase your productivity.
Engagement Ideas that actually make sense (especially in Greece)
Employees are the most important part of any organisation. Employees at every level should feel motivated and happy to give their best to their responsibilities. Engaging them helps a company achieve this, which in turn leads to the company’s success. In our previous article we connected the dots between what engagement is, its importance, some of the broader results it can bring along and provided a wide approach to it. Now, let’s look at few great ideas that can be implemented locally and connect the dots with Wellness this time! Source Employees need something for motivation (Besides money) Consider any sport. Sure, the winners make money. But what drives them is something much bigger than the mere paycheck. It’s the moment when they’re crowned the winner! When they feel that their hard work has been recognised in front of everyone. Your employees deserve and need the same, and more often than not, they themselves will not know this. Help them feel that their contribution is important for the success of your team and give them the feeling of taking the team to success, when your team does well. Unity Consider yourself the team leader and your employees the supporters. Now, in any sport, even though it’s the leader who takes the team to success, it is actually a team effort. Similarly, each member of your team has his own responsibilities. But in the end, they’re all working towards a common goal, i.e., making your business successful. Therefore, it is important to maintain unity in the team and have the team members respect and value each other. A well-planned employee engagement program will help your employees stay motivated and remember that they are proud members of a great team. Wellness is the key! It’s not enough for any sportsman to be in a good physical shape; mental well-being has an equal priority! If not, any healthy person would be a sportsman! Similarly, you need to figure out how your employees are feeling, especially at the workplace. Their overall health plays an important role in how well they perform at work. Consider integrating wellness programs to keep your employees informed about their health and how to maintain it. You can even devise some stress busting programs to relax your employees and make them perform better. They will be at their best when they feel the best! “Consult with WorkWell and Design your Own Wellness Program” Ideas that will definitely get your interest and hopefully inspire you Kevin Sheridan, New York Times best-selling Author of Building a Magnetic Culture, has helped some of the world’s largest corporations improve their culture and foster productive engagement. When we asked him what companies should be doing better to improve workplace engagement, he offered us this wisdom: GET YOUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAM IN “The bottom line is that anyone who knows about employee engagement is also a firm believer in instituting health and wellness programs. There have been multiple scientific studies proving that health and wellness efforts not only yield higher productivity and engagement in the workplace but will also help reduce turnover as job stress is the #1 reason people quit (along with a lack of work-life balance which is related to wellness as well).” GIVE YOUR PEOPLE “INSIDE” INFORMATION Want to know a great way to get your team more involved and committed? Keep them up to date with “inside” information. These are things like the direction of the company and the challenges that the Leadership Team is facing. Tim Sackett, HR Pro and President at HRU Technical Resources, explains this important part of your employee engagement strategy: “The one true fact in all workplaces is your people want to be in the know, they want to be in the circle of trust. HR and leadership, in general, do a crappy job at this, and it has a huge impact to engagement. Find ways to make this happen and let your people know that it’s “inside” information. Trusting your employees can handle it raises engagement.” EMPHASIZE WORK-LIFE BALANCE Work-life balance often seems like an impossible struggle. It’s difficult to find that right balance between work and personal life to feel good that both areas are receiving enough attention. Blake McCammon of Blogging4Jobs, a popular blog focused on HR and the workplace, had this to say about work-life balance’s role in employee engagement: “Work-life balance is one of the most important things employers can do to help employees not only stay healthy and fit, but keep them engaged day by day. Provide a work from home scenario and flexible hours where employees with children or adults with hobbies are allowed the freedom to enjoy life to the fullest, but still get their work done.” CONDUCT AN ANONYMOUS EMPLOYEE SURVEY TO GET HONEST FEEDBACK Use a tool like TINYpulse or SurveyMonkey to create a survey and send it out to your team. Surveys are one of the few ways to actually measure and track engagement, so definitely make this part of your efforts. Ask questions like: How are you feeling? What’s the morale you see around you? Good Idea (what one thing will make the biggest improvement in your job, your team or the organization?) Do you have a good working relationship with your manager? Would you rather have a salary increase of < 1.5 % or invest that money on a Wellness Program (try to be specific about it) FIND OUT YOUR TEAM’S PASSIONS Are they into any sports? Do they have a personal blog? Do they want to travel around around Southeast Asia next summer? Do they play any musical instruments? Know what your team is passionate about. It’ll help you connect with them and show them that you actually care about their interests. PROMOTE PERKS THAT BOOST MENTAL & PHYSICAL WELLBEING JellyVision Interactive Marketing offers these awesome unique perks to their employees: On-site yoga and a free healthy catered lunches every week The ability to work from home whenever necessary or work out an unconventional schedule Unlimited vacation days (with the assumption this privilege won’t be abused) Company refrigerators and cupboards stocked with fruit and healthy snacks A yearly Wellness Day featuring free 15-minute back massages for every employee and a taste of unusual, healthy juices “WorkWell would recommend to go beyond that and offer On Site massages on a monthly if not weekly basis. We promise, that the accumulated benefits will simply do the rest!” Main Reference: www.linkedin.com/in/kevinsheridan1 & www.snacknation.com
Eight Ideas to Reduce Employee Stress for Free
Keeping employee stress levels low is a common interest among business owners and managers. The less overwhelmed by stress employees are, the more productive they can be. Unfortunately, there’s not usually a big budget set aside for office stress relief. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we go over 8 ideas for free office stress relief. Offices aren’t the most relaxing places. Far from it. That is, unless you find countless meetings and deadlines relaxing. It’s not just offices themselves. Work’s just stressful. Always has been, and probably always will be. Try as we might, the more we invest money in open layouts, feng shui, or rewards, the office remains a source of stress for most employees. But even though we’ll never be able to pull stress out by the roots and eradicate it completely between the hours of 9-5, we can do something about it, lessen the effects, and here’s the best part: it doesn’t have to cost you a lot. Here a few free (or mostly free) ideas that can help your employees stop biting their nails and enjoy their work (we hope). Source: IncorporateMassage.com 1. Start A Walking Movement One of the leading causes of stress in the office—believe it or not—is the lack of mobility we experience during the workday. Sitting doesn’t seem that stressful, but it really is. And after sitting for 8 hours a day, people are usually pretty stressed out. A simple, cost-effective remedy is to walk more. Walking reduces stress, recalibrates us, and feels good. Problem is, when workers are left to their own devices, they aren’t going to get up and walk as much as they should unless they are the small percentage of extremely motivated people who cold press their own juice every day. For the rest of us, structuring a reward or incentive for the most stairs, miles, or minutes walked during the day is extremely helpful. Encourage people to put walking on their calendars—at least 10 minutes for every hour they end up sitting. The result is a less stressed office. 2. Encourage Daydreaming at Work In the professional world, having one’s head in the clouds has always been seen as a bad thing. “Get back to work” is what the top brass usually thinks when it comes to daydreaming. But structured daydreaming actually makes people more productive and less stressed. Google took on a form of this with their 20% rule, but you don’t have to do anything like that. Reminding (and encouraging) your employees to take a few minutes every hour to let their minds wander could pay huge, stress-relieving benefits. 3. The Office Pet Furry (or sometimes non-furry) friends are an amazing way to relieve stress inside an office. WebMD shows an interesting connection between playing with a pet and reduced stress hormones. Whether you buy, adopt, or just have your workers take turns bringing in their own pets, taking a few minutes a day to rub a dog behind the ears can do emotional wonders for us. 4. Fun and Active Stress Reducers at Work Work and play are always presented as a dichotomy. Apparently the two can’t (or at least they’re not supposed to) coexist. And that’s probably why our offices are pressure cookers for stress. Encouraging play in your office can take several forms. Innocent pranking might be one. But introducing structured play is probably even better. Start an office-wide fantasy league. Bring a Scrabble board into the break room. Since we’re talking free here, find someone willing to donate a ping pong table (you have no idea how much stress can be removed from your office by a double elimination ping pong tournament). However you introduce play into your office, make sure it stays lighthearted and simple. The effects can work wonders. 5. Stretching Exercises for Work Our bodies weren’t built to sit at a desk for 8 hours a day. Sitting hunched all day, everyday doesn’t just make us sore—it makes us stressed. Stretching regularly comes with physical, as well as emotional, benefits. The trick here, is that you just can’t tell your employees to stretch because they won’t do it. You have to make stretching a priority. Make sure they know how to stretch. This might include posting new stretches on your intranet or break room. You can also dial things up a notch or two by conducting your own yoga classes. Just make sure you have a professional lead them in proper form to avoid pulled hamstrings. Ask Workwell about our Office Yoga seminars 6. Breathing Exercises for Stress Relief This might be the freest free thing you can possibly do to relieve stress in your office. It might also be one of the most effective. Breathing has a profound impact on our stress levels, but it occurs so naturally, that we hardly give it any thought. Teaching mindfulness and controlled breathing in your office might sound a little hippie or new age, but give it a try. The results will speak for themselves. Try this as a simple idea on how to start: Try breathing in synch with the below image If you would like to, try breathing in sync with this Or Ask Workwell about our Mindfullness Techniques 7. How Plants Can Boost Morale We also weren’t meant to sit under florescent lighting and drop ceiling panels all day. It’s just not good for the soul. Conversely, being in or around nature has a natural, soothing effect on us. Encourage your employees to bring plants in. Actually, you should bring plants in, too. Everyone should bring plants in. The greener your office, the better. And the less stressed out you’ll be. There are even plants that can help purify the air — an added bonus for all those breathing exercises you’ll be doing. One of our Favourites is Aloe Vera 8. The Silver Bullet: Work/Life Balance Okay, there might not be any “silver bullet” to eliminating stress in your office, but this last idea pays big dividends, but it’s the hardest to pull off. In our current work culture, results matter. But those results often come at a huge human cost. The ultimate stress reliever lives within the control of every single company, and it’s called work/life balance. In other words: minimise long meetings cut out the late nights long hours weekend work and early mornings If you want a happier, healthier, and more productive office, let your employees enjoy their lives. They’ll be better for it, and so will your business.
6 Ways To Increase Employee Morale And Performance
FORBES / Entrepreneurs / Article by Cheryl Conner / link This week I had a visit with Salt Lake entrepreneur Amelia Wilcox, founder and CEO of Incorporate Massage. She started her company four and a half years ago, to provide corporate massage services for a variety of organizations. Research on the prevalence of corporate massage is scarce, but most sources indicate its popularity is growing, and an article in the Financial Times quotes at least one company reporting a 25% decrease in time off for workplace injuries and a $200,000 decrease in compensation claims when it implemented a corporate massage program. 1. Give them a reason to believe Your employees are part of something bigger than themselves, but do they know it? From the first interview, potential candidates need to understand and share in the vision of what you are doing as an organization. That vision alone will motivate and inspire your team, down to its junior members, which comes back full circle in effectively facilitating company growth. For her company, as an example, the company’s true purpose is “Improving Lives” as every team member is aware. The team is directly improving the lives of the individuals they provide massage therapy for, but is also improving the lives of HR teams by administrating the entire massage program fully, leaving them free to do their own jobs. Additionally, they improve the lives of CEO’s and stockholders by: improving employee retention and morale and, decreasing worker’s comp claims and health insurance cost 2. Show you care Recognize every single employee’s birthday. Send gifts for new babies and weddings. Be involved in employees’ lives to let them feel loved and valued not only as employees, but also as family members and as human beings. “When people are loved, they will give more than you can imagine they could for you and your cause,” Wilcox says. In her company, she sends gifts to employees around every possible event in their lives. “Employees are the lifeblood of our operation. We want to make taking care of them our highest priority and to make sure they are ridiculously happy at all times.” 3. Recognize the good When someone is doing something awesome, tell them. Recognize the individuals on your team who receive good feedback from your clients. It’s important for employees to feel their efforts are being recognized, and the recognition further perpetuates their desire to go above and beyond for your clients, which of course, sets you apart as an organization as well. Says Amelia, “We ask each client how their therapists are doing, and we pass that positive feedback on publicly at our team meetings in the form of “Kudos.” Negative feedback is also passed on, but privately, and proper corrections are made.” In our own organization we provide periodic surprise “spot bonuses” to highlight achievements that are above and beyond. 4. Learn the value of “fringe” Your company may not be at a point that allows you to offer a competitive full benefits package. But you’d be surprised how far a few small (and inexpensive) benefits will go with your staff. Amelia reports that her company gives each employee a massage every month. “We also provide a monthly wellness allowance our employees can use on anything health and wellness related,” she says. “And we feed our team with healthy food options at every meeting.” 5. Promote from within When your employees see that there is room to advance their career within your organization, it speaks volumes. Find out what skills and talents the different members of your crew possess and find ways to develop those skills for future use in your business. When you have a stellar team member, help invest in the training they need to advance as your company grows. 6. Bring on the fun An organization that plays together stays together, Amelia maintains. This is a common thread among the fastest growing companies in the Utah region and appears to be true for other regions as well. Companies such as Vivint (one of Forbes’ Most Promising Companies for 2013) throw huge summer parties with horse drawn carriages, massage, face paint, bonfires and dirt bikes. These celebrations acknowledge to employees that the organization can’t succeed without them. The common theme in all of these ideas is caring, recognition, rewards and appreciation. These small steps can go far. What additional ideas has your own organization used with success?