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.
Why Sleep is Important
We’re always on the lookout for ways to transform our lives, but sometimes we forget that — along with exercise — there’s another miracle drug within our control: sleep. If you have a few days off over the holidays, one of the best things you can possibly do with your time is work on fixing your sleep habits. Our sleep problems are so bad that the CDC refers to them as «a public health epidemic.» While a tiny percentage of the population does just fine on little sleep, those people are incredibly rare. Almost half the population doesn’t get enough sleep: 40% of people sleep less than the recommended seven to nine hours a night (teens and children need even more). Sleeping too much isn’t good for you either and comes with its own health risks, but only 5% of people sleep more than nine hours a night. For at least 40% of the US population, getting more sleep would make our lives so much better. Here’s how. Source 1. You’ll be happier. Sleeping poorly ruins your day. You know that, but researchers have shown it too, especially in one notable study that followed 909 working women. A poor night’s rest affected their happiness as much as tight work deadlines, and it had an even bigger impact on mood than significant income differences in the group. 2. You’ll have better sex. Not getting enough sleep lowers libido and can make people more likely to have sexual problems like erectile dysfunction. And sleep itself is restorative — it increases testosterone levels, which boosts sexual drive for both men and women. 3. You’ll be able to build muscle more easily. There’s a reason that fitness magazines and forums always focus on the importance of sleep. If you don’t sleep, you can’t build muscle. Your body uses most of the night (except when you are in REM sleep) to heal damage done to your cells and tissues when you are awake and more metabolically active. At the start of the night and during slow wave sleep, your body also releases growth hormone. Lack of sleep, on the other hand, is linked to muscle atrophy. You learn much better if you aren’t sleep-deprived. Flickr / Chris Devers 4. You’ll learn better. This isn’t just about kids. Adults who get enough sleep do better on tests of short-term memory. And when researchers had adults do a task once, get a good night’s sleep, and then try the task again, they showed improvement. But participants who stayed awake 30 hours after learning the same task had a much harder time improving their skills — even if they practiced and had a chance to catch some recovery shut eye later. Something about the initial sleep deprivation impaired their ability to learn. Of course, letting kids get enough sleep is important too. In one case, starting schools an hour later (at 8:30 instead of 7:30) increased «standardized test scores by at least 2 percentile points in math and 1 percentile point in reading.» The Minneapolis school district found that starting school an hour and a half later (7:15 to 8:40) improved attendance and led to fewer symptoms of depression among students. 5. You’ll be a better and safer driver. Driving sleepy is like driving drunk. Both are a common cause of serious injuries and in tests, sleep-deprived drivers perform like alcohol-impaired drivers. Drowsy driving is responsible for 100,000 crashes and 1,500 deaths every year, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Almost 20% of serious injuries in crashes happen when there’s a sleepy driver involved. With enough sleep, you’ll have better energy and your body will crave food less. Sleep is also essential for building muscle. Getty Images / Anthony Kwan 6. It’s one of the best ways to stay fit. Multiple studies show that people who sleep less are more likely to be obese. One study that followed 500 people for 13 years found that people who regularly slept less than seven hours a night were 7.5 times more likely to be overweight — even after controlling for physical activity, family history, and demographic factors. Researchers think this is mostly due to hormonal changes caused by sleep deprivation — not getting enough sleep stimulates your appetite. Basically, one of the most effective diet hacks possible is just getting enough sleep. 7. People who don’t sleep enough are more likely to develop diabetes — even if they are skinny. Type 2 diabetes is an awful disease that can lead to strokes, amputations, blindness, and organ damage. And this isn’t just about obesity, so if you are skinny but don’t get enough sleep this still applies. Otherwise healthy adults lose their ability to control blood sugar without getting enough sleep, and the less sleep someone gets, the more likely they are to develop a problem. Compared to adults who sleep seven to eight hours a night, people who sleep six hours are 1.7 times as likely to develop diabetes, and people who sleep five hours are 2.5 times as likely to develop diabetes. 8. People who sleep enough have better moods and fewer problems with depression and anxiety. People who sleep less tend to have more symptoms of depression, lower self esteem, and more anxiety — though that’s an association and it’s possible that those symptoms cause people to sleep less. Still, a review of studies shows that sleep loss has an even stronger effect on mood than it does on cognitive ability or motor function, which is a strong indicator that sleeping more could help. 9. People who get more sleep have healthier skin. Along with mood disorders, sleeping poorly is also associated with chronic skin conditions. Some research shows that poor sleep, depression, anxiety, and chronic skin problems all go together. A study published in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology found that «good sleepers» recovered better after ultraviolet light exposure, and their skin also recovered more quickly after having tape stripped off of it. They also showed fewer signs of aging. People make riskier financial decisions if they are tired. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid 10. You’ll spend less time and money at the doctor. People who score high on a «sleepiness scale» use 11% more healthcare resources than their well-rested brethren. Sleep troubles caused by sleep apnea and insomnia cost the US billions of dollars in direct medical costs every year, and that’s even before taking into account the associated lost productivity. 11. It’ll be easier to speak well. We know that people who drive tired are similar to those who drive drunk, but did you know that staying awake too long can cause slurred speech, repetitive word usage, and a slow, monotonous tone? So make sure to get some rest before your next presentation. 12. Getting enough sleep helps prevent migraines and other headaches. If you find yourself cringing due to sudden head pain, look at your sleep schedule. Even though doctors aren’t sure exactly why this happens, multiple studies show that people who don’t sleep enough are more likely to suffer migraines. «Poor sleep quality is uniquely associated with episodic migraine,» write the authors of one recent study (emphasis ours). Additionally, 36 to 58% of sleep apnea sufferers wake up with a throbbing head. Enough sleep helps you stay focused. Sebastiaan ter Burg/Flickr 13. You’ll be more productive at work and more focused at home. The more tired you are, the harder it to concentrate on something, and distraction can take a toll on both work and your personal life. Researchers say that «attention tasks appear to be particularly sensitive to sleep loss.» So if you want to focus — either on a job or a conversation — make sure to get some rest. 14. You’ll make fewer dangerous mistakes. Though we don’t always recognize it, we make more mistakes when we don’t get enough sleep. For some of us that amounts to a typo here and there, which is annoying to our editors, but such carelessness can be more serious. In 2003, the body that regulates medical residents’ hours decided to limit those hours to 80 hours a week with no shifts longer than 24 hours (there’s a reason why medical residents show up frequently in sleep deprivation studies). But a Harvard study afterwards found that if those hours were further reduced to 63 a week, residents slept more and made fewer serious medical errors. The more sleep-deprived group made 22% more serious errors. Famous accidents like the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion and the Exxon Valdez oil spill have been attributed, at least in part, to mistakes made by people who didn’t get enough sleep. But it’s not just these major events: All sleep-deprived workers are much more likely to have a dangerous accident. 15. You’ll see better if you get enough sleep. We don’t function well without sleep. Our bodies get tired and our eyes get tired. The longer you stay awake, the more vision errors you make, ranging from tunnel vision to seeing double to even — eventually, at scary levels of sleep loss — hallucinations.
The Pillars of an Effective Workplace Wellness Program via HBR
Strategically integrated wellness programs have six strong pillars that simultaneously support their success, regardless of the size of the organization. Construct them well, and your institution could see the kinds of big returns that the 10 companies in our sample have garnered. Source: Harvard Business Review 1. Multilevel Leadership Creating a culture of health takes passionate, persistent, and persuasive leadership at all levels—from the C-suite to middle managers to the people who have “wellness” in their job descriptions. It’s easy to find employees who don’t participate in wellness programs. Some cite lack of time, little perceived benefit, or just a distaste for exercise. Others don’t know about available services or blame unsupportive managers. A few think their health is none of the company’s business or mistrust management’s motives. As with any worthwhile initiative, creating a culture of health takes passionate, persistent, and persuasive leadership. 2. Alignment A wellness program should be a natural extension of a firm’s identity and aspirations. Don’t forget that a cultural shift takes time. It’s not unusual for firms to enter the wellness space with a big splash that subsides to a ripple. As management priorities shift, the opportunity to integrate a culture of health can pass. Ideally, a wellness program should be a natural extension of a firm’s identity and aspirations. 3. Scope, Relevance, and Quality Wellness programs must be comprehensive, engaging, and just plain excellent. Otherwise, employees won’t participate. It’s not unusual for a company to think about employee health narrowly. Exercise is exercise, right? But employees’ wellness needs vary tremendously. 4. Accessibility Aim to make low- or no-cost services a priority. True on-site integration is essential because convenience matters. Our sample companies make low- or no-cost services a priority, and they know that convenience matters. On the SAS main campus, 70% of employees use the recreation center at least twice a week. Director Jack Poll’s explanation: “Our high participation rates are because, when we opened, we thought of all the reasons people wouldn’t use the facility and we worked to eliminate every one of them.” The center is open before and after work and on weekends, and the staff develops a variety of fresh, engaging programs. 5. Partnerships Active, ongoing collaboration with internal and external partners, including vendors, can provide a program with some of its essential components and many of its desirable enhancements. Internal partnerships help wellness programs gain credibility. At Biltmore, for example, wellness professionals partner with the company’s finance division to vet the cost-effectiveness of various programs. External partnerships with specialized vendors enable wellness staffs to benefit from vendor competencies and infrastructure without extra internal investment. Trust WorkWell and work hand in hand with Us to design your own, customised Wellness Program 6. Communications Wellness is not just a mission—it’s a message. How you deliver it can make all the difference. Sensitivity, creativity, and media diversity are the cornerstones. Wellness communications must overcome individual apathy, the sensitivity of personal health issues, and the geographic, demographic, and cultural heterogeneity of employees. The range and complexity of wellness services also can pose challenges. Outcomes Lower costs The savings on health care costs alone make for an impressive ROI. Greater productivity Participants in wellness programs are absent less often and perform better at work than their nonparticipant counterparts. Illness-related absenteeism is an obvious factor in productivity. Less obvious but probably more significant is presenteeism. Research consistently shows that the costs to employers from health-related lost productivity dwarf those of health insurance. Presenteeism—when people come to work but underperform because of illness or stress Higher morale Employee pride, trust, and commitment increase, contributing to a vigorous organization. Most analyses of workplace wellness programs focus on hard-dollar returns: money invested versus money saved. Often overlooked is the potential to strengthen an organization’s culture and to build employee pride, trust, and commitment. The inherent nature of workplace wellness—a partnership between employee and employer—requires trust. Because personal health is such an intimate issue, investment in wellness can, when executed appropriately, create deep bonds.
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?