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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.
Creating a Workplace Culture People Love
Improving workplace culture is a thorny issue for most business leaders. It’s something that they probably know is important, but can’t quite get a handle on. Finance, strategy, product development, operations – those are the tangible, measurable elements of their business. But Culture? That’s the definition of the “soft stuff,” the stuff they probably skimmed over in business school, the stuff that makes their eyes glaze over whenever speakers bring it up at conferences. Source However, more and more leaders are learning it’s no coincidence that the biggest, best, and most innovative companies also happen to have great cultures. In fact, so often these companies are great precisely because they have phenomenal workplace cultures. While most business leaders probably know a good company culture when they see one, defining what it means to have a good culture is a bigger challenge. Actually developing a strategy for creating one is a different story altogether. Culture isn’t a one-size fits all solution. Workplace cultures take many forms, and can mean different things to different organizations. They also evolve over time as businesses change or as they grow. That being said, company culture certainly doesn’t happen by accident. Culture is a deliberate practice, and there are clear, actionable steps you can take to guide the direction of your company’s culture in a way that benefits your employees, customers, and shareholders. In the following guide, we’ve compiled the best, most actionable tips from the smartest companies with the best, most innovative cultures so you can take their learnings and apply it to your business. Consider this is your one stop shop to learn how to improve your workplace culture and help your business go from good, to great, to awesome. Chapter 1: How a Strong Culture Will Boost Your Bottom Line In functional terms, your company’s culture is the sum total of the beliefs and behaviors that guide interactions between employees and other key stakeholders. It manifests in observable things like hours, dress code, benefits, workspace, turnover, hiring, and customer care and satisfaction. But culture is also something less tangible – it’s a feeling or a vibe, the energy people bring in each day, the language they use, the mindset they adopt, and the methods they use to solve problems. There’s a strong business case behind developing a vibrant, healthy, and productive culture, as it affects everything from the overall health and quality of life of your employees, to retention and hiring, to your company’s product, brand, and customer service – and therefore, your profits. Here are some of the best resources for understanding culture and why it’s important. Birthday Cake, Beer and Bikes: Why Company Culture Matters | Altitude Marketing Why Your Company Culture Can Be Your Greatest Advantage | WorkStride The Business Impact of a Winning Culture [infographic] | O.C. Tanner Chapter 2 – Incorporate Wellness Initiatives to Maximize Morale and Productivity Studies show that wellness has a direct correlation with things like turnover, morale, and productivity, and therefore must be considered when cultivating a stellar workplace culture. The key isn’t to offer one-off perks, but to develop a holistic wellness culture that focuses on both the mind and body, and incorporates fun and a little friendly competition. Nutrition should also always be top of mind when thinking about wellness, and providing access to healthy snacks is an easy way to achieve this. Why Corporate Wellness Matters | The Huffington Post Six Ways to Promote Wellness at Your Organization | WorkStride Mindfulness At Work: 5 Tricks For A Healthier, Less Stressful Work Day | The Huffington Post Chapter 3 – Strong Leaders Equal Strong Cultures Culture starts from the top. A strong culture requires strong leadership, and leaders and managers who are accountable, transparent, and lead by example. Today’s workforce can sniff out authenticity a mile away, so it’s imperative that organizational leaders do what they say and say what they do. 9 Leadership Steps For Corporate Culture Change | Forbes What Bad Managers, Good Managers and Great Managers Do | Entrepreneur Culture-Driven Leadership | Ivey Business Journal Chapter 4 – Employee Engagement Employee engagement is the extent to which people are personally involved in the success of a business, and it’s directly correlated with things like profitably, retention, and customer success. Although it seems like another one of those fluffy, intangible ideas, it can actually be measured – by the likelihood that an employee would recommend working at his or her company to a friend. Engaged employees work harder, are more productive, are more innovative, and are the ones you want on the front lines in moments of crisis. Employee engagement and culture go hand in hand. Engagement will foster a positive culture, and vice versa. So exactly how do you engage your employees? We’ve got some answers: Engagement Ideas that actually make sense (especially in Greece) | WorkWell Blog 10 Ways to Make Work More Fun and Increase Productivity | Hppy 10 Social Activities to Help Improve Employee Engagement | Herd Wisdom Chapter 5 – Case Studies, Strategy Tips, and Stellar Cultures in Action So now you know the theory. But what does it look like in practice? Here are some examples from a few of the companies who are getting workplace culture right. (Break out a pen and paper, because you may want to take some notes!) The Importance of Company Culture from the Inside Out | Mack Web Clif Bar climbs to the top of America’s workplaces | Fortune How to Create and Maintain a Workplace Culture That Will Make Your Company Thrive | Forbes Conclusion These resources should have you well on your way to creating an epic culture at your office. But they’re just the tip of the iceberg!
9 Tips for Eating Healthy When You’re Working From Home
You’re on a conference call and somehow wandered into the kitchen. Next thing you know you’re eating crackers and dry cereal out of the box. Or maybe you got so caught up in a project that you suddenly realize you haven’t eaten a thing all day. Or perhaps the “I’ll just have a handful of chips as I work” mentality turned into accidently eating the entire bag. Source Keeping your nutrition in check can be tough when your home is your office. You feel comfortable and there’s plenty of food available. And unlike in the office, you’re free to graze all day and the fridge is all yours. But this habit can wreak havoc on your waistline, sabotage weight loss and halt your productivity. Registered dietitian Anna Taylor, MS, RD, LD, CDCES discusses strategies and hacks for eating healthy while working from home. 1. Don’t work in (or near) the kitchen. Try to set up your desk in an area that’s not near the kitchen. You might be tempted to wander over and check the fridge (for the tenth time) if it’s constantly in your line of vision. Decide that the only time you’ll be in your kitchen during the workday is when you’re getting ready to have a planned snack or meal. (More on that below!) If this is hard to follow, hang a sign on your fridge and pantry to remind you that the kitchen is closed until the next scheduled meal or snack. 2. Make sure you actually eat. Once you hit the ground working, it can be hard to take a break to actually eat. But it’s important to know your hunger signs and realize that not eating can affect your alertness and productivity. Plus, eating throughout the day can save you from being a big hungry mess once 17:00 rolls around. If needed, set an alarm on your phone to remind you to get up and eat something. 3. Meal prep your lunches. There’s something freeing about being able to whip up whatever you want to eat for lunch (and not having to stand in line for the work microwave is a huge bonus). But for some people, the freedom is too much, especially when it comes to weekday lunches. If you can, try to meal prep your lunches ahead of time, just like you would on days you physically go to work. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy either. A bag of lettuce, pre-cut veggies, grilled chicken and nuts is a simple form of meal prep that takes out all the guess work. Or maybe you’ve decided that you’re going to make a veggie omelet every day for lunch. Precut the vegetables ahead of time so you can quickly cook up a healthy and delicious lunch. 4. Focus on real food. Balanced, nutritious food makes us more productive. It keeps us fuller longer and helps us focus. Understand that what you eat will impact your mood and energy level. Think about this the next time you’re feeling hungry and just want to grab a handful of chocolate from the pantry. Focus on protein, fiber, healthy fats, fruits and veggies. Planning a menu ahead of time will make it easier to avoid noshing on whatever looks tastiest and quickest in the moment. 5. Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can lead to headaches and fatigue, which are both not good for your productivity. Just as you’d fill up a water bottle at the office to keep at your desk, keep water next to your work station at home too. If you have water readily available, chances are you’re more likely to drink it, helping you reach your goal of at least 64 ounces per day. (And PLEASE stay away from sugar-loaded soda and juice, both of which can cause you to crash later.) 6. Plan your snack and meal times. Just as you schedule and plan out the rest of your day (get up, workout, shower), establish when throughout the day you’re going to eat. If you know you like to eat lunch around noon, plan for that. And if you like to have a snack in the late afternoon, plan for that as well. Treat food like you would in the office. You can’t be grazing all day long when you’re there – so act the same way at home. 7. Be careful of too much caffeine. Having access to endless cups of coffee might seem like a great idea, but tread carefully when it comes to caffeine. Too much is known to cause headaches, anxiety, digestive issues and even fatigue – none of which are ever good, but particularly not good when you’re trying to work. Aim for no more than two cups of coffee per day to avoid the jittery feeling and avoid flavored creamers and other high calorie add-ins! 8. Don’t buy junk food. Don’t stock your fridge or pantry like a vending machine. This can lead to eating just because you can! Try you best to keep junk food out of your house, especially foods you know can trigger a binge for you. Out of sight, out of mind. 9. When you eat, just eat. You might be tempted to continue working through your lunch break now that your co-workers aren’t physically there. Bu don’t do it! Being distracted during a meal can lead to over-eating and decreased satiety (satisfaction and fullness) from the meal. Instead, take a break from work to sit down at a table to enjoy your lunch and relax for a few minutes. You’ll enjoy the meal more, and it may even help you feel more prepared for the rest of your work day.
Work-Life Balance is Dead | Here is why we should aim for work-life integration instead
Once upon a time, work took place outside of the home during designated hours. Today, that world is a fairy tale. If you checked your work email this past weekend, you’re likely aware that at most companies there is an unspoken expectation that employees tend to emails at all hours. Ron Friedman, Ph.D. is a social psychologist specializing in human motivation Source: PsychologyToday.com It would be easy to blame heartless managers or short-sighted CEOs for the collapsing boundaries between work and life. But the causes of this cultural shift are far more complex. As human beings, we thrive on feeling needed. Neurologically, certain elements of work can be addictive. Studies have found that satisfying curiosity about a novel event (say, a new and unread email sitting in your inbox) releases dopamine in the brain, which conditions us to check again and again. Despite the monumental shift in the accessibility of work, organizations continue to offer employees the same advice they did before the invention of the BlackBerry: Seek work/life balance. The idea holds inherent appeal. Too bad it’s a myth. For many of us, compartmentalizing our work and personal life is simply not possible, and not just because of the ubiquity of email. In a growing number of companies, work now involves collaborating with colleagues in different time zones, making the start and end of the workday a moving target. And even within organizations with more traditional hours, let’s face it – standout employees are always working, even when they’re not attending conference calls or corresponding over email. They’re continuously plotting ahead and thinking up new ideas while showering, driving their kids to gymnastics, or drifting off to sleep. Until we come to terms with the fact that separating work from home is a fantasy, we can’t begin to have an intelligent conversation about what it means to create thriving organizations. We can bemoan the blending of our professional and personal lives, or alternatively, we can look for innovative solutions. For the past decade I have been studying the science of human motivation, paying particular attention to how people can work more effectively. Over the course of reviewing thousands of academic articles for my book, I have repeatedly encountered a striking gap between the latest science and the realities of the modern workplace. Take, for example, the degree of control employees at your company possess over when and where they work. We tend to assume that granting workers too much leeway will lead to reduced effort; that employees will take advantage unless they are closely supervised. Yet studies have repeatedly found that the opposite is true. Providing employees with more control over their schedule: motivates them to work harder, produce higher-quality work, and develop greater loyalty for their company. Why is this the case? Placing employees in control of their schedules encourages them to work during hours when they are most effective, instead of requiring them to sit comatose in front of a computer because it’s not yet 5 p.m. Most adults function best in the first few hours after waking. Others are sharper in the afternoon. Flexible work schedules allow employees in both camps to leverage their best hours instead of conforming to an artificial eight-hour “shift” – one that was originally designed to maximize the productivity of a factory, not human beings. Studies also show that employees with flexible schedules work more intensely. It’s because as humans, we are motivated by a norm of reciprocity. When a manager grants us the freedom of a flexible schedule, we seek to “repay” that benefit by investing greater effort. Productivity aside, flexible working offers another crucial benefit: it allows employees to resolve critical personal matters when needed, so that they can bring sharper focus and clarity to their work No wonder workplace flexibility has been linked with a host of positive well-being outcomes, including higher job satisfaction, lower stress, and reduced work-family conflict. We live in a world in which it is acceptable for work to interrupt personal time. And yet we’re not as comfortable when personal time interrupts work. Why? When organizations provide employees with a clear set of goals and entrust them to manage their time responsibly, making it acceptable for a worker to take an hour during the day to attend a yoga class or welcome his or her child off the afternoon school bus, they generate commitment that ends up saving them money in the long term. Case Study – Patagonia an outdoor clothing manufacturer Employees at the company’s HQ’s are empowered to set their own hours, given access to an on-site daycare and invited to take regular breaks during the day for exercise. Company restrooms even include private showers, transforming the prospect of an afternoon jog from an aspiration fantasy into a practical option. The result? Over the past five years, Patagonia’s profits have tripled, while employee turnover has dropped to a fraction of the industry average. Instead of endorsing the work-life balance myth, organizations are far better off empowering employees to integrate work and life, in ways that position them to succeed at both. Ultimately, it is companies that are quickest to realize that it is in their financial interests to care for the entire employee – not just the sliver of them that sits in the office for 40 hours a week – that stand to gain the greatest benefits in the form of stronger loyalty, higher engagement, and top performance.