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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.’’
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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.
Top 6 Apps for Employee Recognition
Όλοι γνωρίζουμε πόσο σημαντική είναι η αναγνώριση των εργαζομένων για τη διατήρηση του υψηλού ηθικού. Και οι εταιρείες σήμερα έχουν τόνους επιλογών, όταν πρόκειται για την αυτοματοποίηση της ανατροφοδότησης των εργαζομένων (feedback). Σε αυτό το άρθρο, θα εξετάσουμε τα κορυφαία 6 προγράμματα ανατροφοδότησης και αναγνώρισης προσωπικού που μπορείτε να αγοράσετε, συμπεριλαμβανομένων των χαρακτηριστικών και την τιμή της κάθε λύσης. Οι εφαρμογές και το λογισμικό που ενσωματώνουν ανατροφοδότηση των εργαζομένων και σύστηματα ανταμοιβής φέρνουν την αναγνώριση των εργαζομένων στη σύγχρονη εποχή. Τα προϊόντα αυτά επιτρέπουν στους HR Specialists την αυτοματοποίηση και βελτίωση των συστημάτων αξιολόγησης και αναγνώρισης των εργαζομένων τους. Όλες οι πληροφορίες είναι εμπιστευτικές στο προφίλ της κάθε εταιρείας. Τα περισσότερα από τα συστήματα παρέχουν δημόσια (εντός της εταιρείας via Intranet) σχόλια για τους χρήστες, ενώ τα στελέχη είναι σε θέση να δείτε λεπτομερή στατιστικά και εκθέσεις ανάλυσης. Δείτε λεπτομέρειες για κάθε σύστημα παρακάτω. Εδώ είναι μερικά από τα πιο δημοφιλή apps ανατροφοδότησης εργαζομένων: YouEarnedIt Το YouEarnedIt παρέχει ένα σύστημα κοινωνικής αναγνώρισης σε πραγματικό χρόνο ενημέρωσης. Τόσο οι εργαζόμενοι όσο και οι διευθυντές είναι σε θέση να ανταμείψουν τους συναδέλφους τους με πόντους για συγκεκριμένες δράσεις. Οι μάνατζερ κάνουν εγκατάσταση του συστήματος με τις δικές τους εταιρικές αξίες και οι εργαζόμενοι μπορούν να ανταμειφθούν όταν επιδεικνύουν τις αξίες αυτές. Αυτό δημιουργεί μια κουλτούρα εκτίμησης. Οι πόντοι που κερδίζουν οι εργαζόμενοι μπορούν να ανταλλαχθούν με προϊόντα, κάρτες δώρων, δωρεές σε μη κερδοσκοπικούς οργανισμούς, με ελεύθερο χρόνο, και πολλά άλλα. Visit: YouEarnedIt.com Teamphoria Εκτός από την κοινωνική αναγνώριση, το Teamphoria επιτρέπει επίσης στους χρήστες να δώσουν “ανώνυμες προτάσεις”, οι οποίες θα μπορούσε να είναι χρήσιμες για την έκφραση παραπόνων με εποικοδομητικό τρόπο. Τα μέλη της ομάδας είναι σε θέση να κάνουν προτάσεις για την εταιρεία πάνω στις οποίες κάθε χρήστης μπορεί να ψηφίσει. Τα άτομα είναι επίσης σε θέση να προβούν σε αίτημα για σχόλια σχετικά με κάτι συγκεκριμένο. Οι διαχειριστές μπορούν να τηρούν καρτέλες για το ηθικό με εκθέσεις και πίνακες. Visit: Teamphoria.com Achievers Το Achievers παρέχει έναν τρόπο ενσωμάτωσης των διαφόρων προγραμμάτων των εργαζομένων σε μία πλατφόρμα. Αυτό σημαίνει ότι συνδέει όλα τα προγράμματα ανταμοιβών και κινήτρων σε ένα σύστημα – συμπεριλαμβανομένων των παραπομπών για πρόσληψη, τα επιτεύγματα ευεξίας, αναγνώριση, βραβεία εξυπηρέτησης, και τα κίνητρα πωλήσεων. Οι χρήστες μπορούν να ανταμείψουν τους συναδέλφους τους με πόντους που μπορούν να εξαγοραστούν με δώρα. Ανταμοιβές περιλαμβάνουν ταξίδια, δωρεές, ή On Site Massage 😉 Visit: Achievers.com Tap My Back Το Tap My Back είναι μια πλατφόρμα για την παροχή αναγνώρισης από ομότιμους σε ολόκληρη την εταιρεία. Οι εργαζόμενοι παίρνουν αναγνώριση για τις εργασίες που κάνουν καλά, και οι managers παίρνουν αναφορές και ανάλυση του πώς τα πηγαίνει ο καθένας. Οι team leaders είναι σε θέση να καθορίσουν τις ενέργειες που μπορούν να αναγνωρίζονται και να ανταμείβονται, το οποίο πυροδοτεί την αλλαγή της συμπεριφοράς σύμφωνα με τις αξίες και τους στόχους σας. Visit: TapMyBack.com Socialcast Οι εταιρείες που ψάχνουν για κάτι περισσότερο από ένα προϊόν αξιολόγησης των εργαζομένων θα πρέπει να εξετάσουν το Socialcast. Είναι μια μεγαλύτερη πλατφόρμα, όχι μόνο κοινωνικής αναγνώρισης, που περιλαμβάνει ένα άμεσο σύστημα messenger και παρακολούθηση των projects. Διαδικτυακά φόρουμ φέρνουν τους εργαζόμενους και τα στελέχη μαζί σε απευθείας συνομιλίες. Visit: Socialcast.com Globoforce Εκτός από την κοινωνική αναγνώριση, το Globοforce περιλαμβάνει χάρτες ταλέντων για να βοηθήσει με τις ανησυχίες διαδοχής και ανάπτυξης, καθώς και αξιολογήσεις των επιδόσεων. Στελέχη έχουν πρόσβαση σε δεδομένα και αναφορές. Οι εργαζόμενοι έχουν πάνω από 25 εκατομμύρια επιλογές να επιλέξουν για να ξοδέψουν τους πόντους που έχουν κερδίσει ως ανταμοιβή. Οι ενσωματώσεις φορητότητας επιτρέπουν στους χρήστες του Globoforce να παίρνουν το σύστημα μαζί τους οπουδήποτε πηγαίνουν. Visit: Globoforce.com Ίσως στην Ελλάδα να μην είναι μια συνηθισμένη επιλογή, αλλά με την διείσδυση των smart phones & a forward thinking attitude είναι σαφώς ελκυστικό και εφικτό, ιδίως σε εταιρίες κάτω των 100 ανθρώπων.
How to Stay Positive: 11 Smart Habits
“Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.” Bo Bennett “To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all.” Peter McWilliams “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin Source 1. Find the optimistic viewpoint in a negative situation. One of the simplest but most effective ways to build a more positive outlook has in my experience been to ask more helpful questions as often as possible. When I am in what seems like a negative situation – maybe I have been lazy, made a mistake, failed or stumbled in some kind of way – then I like to ask myself questions like: What is one thing that is positive or good about this situation? What is one opportunity within this situation? Doing so is a whole lot better than what I used to do in such situations. Because back then I usually asked myself how much I sucked and how things could get even worse now. I do however not always use these questions right away. Oftentimes I need a bit of time to process the thoughts and feelings that arise in situation before I can do that. Trying to force optimistic thinking when you are still in an emotional turmoil or a bit shocked usually don’t work that well. 2. Cultivate and live in a positive environment. Who you choose to spend your time with and the input you get from further away like the TV, the internet and magazines will have a huge effect on your outlook. To be able to stay positive it is essential to have influences in your life that support you and lift you up instead of dragging you down. So carefully consider what you let into your mind. You can for example ask yourself: Who are the 3 most negative people I spend time with? What are the 3 of most negative sources of information I spend time on? Consider the answers. Then think about how you can start spending less time with one of those people or information sources this week. And how you can spend more of the time you have now freed up with one of the most positive sources or people in your life. 3. Go slowly. I have found that when I go too fast, when I try to think, talk, eat and move around in my world really quickly then things don’t go too well. Stress builds up. Negative thoughts about just about anything start to well up and I feel like my own personal power decreases. But if I slow down just for a few minutes – even if I have to force it by walking, talking and eating slower – then my mind and body calms down too. It becomes easier to think things through clearly again and easier to find the optimistic and constructive perspective. 4. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. It’s very easy to lose perspective, especially if you are stressed and you are going too fast. And so a molehill can become a big and terrifying mountain in your mind. A simple three step way to handle these situations so they don’t get out of hand is to: Say stop. In your mind, shout “STOP!” or “NOPE, we are not going down that path again!” as soon as thoughts of this kind starts to spin in your head. Breathe. After you have disrupted the thoughts by shouting stop sit down and just be still. Breathe with your belly and focus on just your in-breaths and out-breaths for a minute or two to calm your mind and body down. Refocus. Question your mountain building thoughts by talking to someone close to you and getting a more grounded perspective on the situation by just venting or by getting his or her input. Or simply ask yourself this to widen your perspective and to chill out: Will this matter in 5 years? Or even 5 weeks? 5. Don’t let vague fears hold you back from doing what you want. Sometimes you may want to take a chance in life. Start a new habit that feels unfamiliar, your own business on the side or ask someone out for a date. A common trap when you want to do one of those things is to get lost in vague fears and about what could happen if you actually took action. And so the mind runs wild fueled by fear and it creates nightmare scenarios and plenty of self-doubt. I know. I have been there many times. So I have learned to ask myself this: honestly, what is the worst that could happen? When I have figured that out I also spend a bit of time on trying to figure out what I could do if that that often pretty unlikely thing happens. I have over the years discovered that the worst thing that could realistically happen is usually not as scary as the nightmare my fear-fueled mind could produce. Finding clarity in this way doesn’t take much time or effort and it can help you to avoid much mind made suffering. And help you to get going, step outside of your comfort zone and take that chance. 6. Add value and positivity to someone else’s life. What you send out you tend to get back from the world and the people in it. Not from everyone. And not every time. But what you send out there matters a whole lot. What you give them and how you treat them is what you’ll get back. And they way you treat others and how you think of them also tend to have a big effect on how you treat and think about yourself. So give value and spread the positivity by for example: Helping out. Lend a hand when moving. Give a friend a ride in your car. If he or she needs information then help out by checking it up on Google or asking a friend of yours. Just listening. Sometimes people don’t want any direct help. They just want someone to be there fully and listening as they vent for a little while. Boosting the mood. Smile. Give hugs when appropriate. Play uplifting music when hanging out with a friend or suggest an inspiring movie for your movie night. Or encourage when someone has had a bad day or are going through a tough time. 7. Exercise regularly and eat and sleep well. This is very obvious of course. But I know the big, big impact a good night’s sleep or good workout can have when my thoughts are pessimistic and I have a lot of tensions on the inside. And I know how much simpler it is to think clearly and optimistically when my belly is not empty. So I highly recommend being careful about these basic habits that may sound boring. Because they do have a huge effect either way depending on how you manage them. 8. Learn to take criticism in a healthy way. One of the most common fears is the fear of criticism. It can hold people back from doing what they want in life. Because having negativity flowing out of someone’s mouth or email and it being about you can hurt. And being rejected can sting quite a bit. But if you want to take action on what you deep down want then criticism is pretty much unavoidable. So the key is learning to handle it in a healthier way. By doing so your fear of it will lessen and it will hurt less if you do get criticized. I usually use four steps when I get some criticism. Maybe they can help you out too: Step 1: Don’t reply right away. When you are angry, upset or riled up then is time to calm down a bit before you reply. Take at least a couple of deep breaths or a little time to process the message before you respond. Step 2: Really listen to the criticism. Try to remain open and level-headed and figure out how this message can help you. Ask yourself: Is there one thing I can learn from this criticism? Is there something here that I may not want to hear but could help me? Step 3: Remember that the criticism isn’t always about you. Some criticism is helpful. Some is simply attacks or someone lashing out because they are having bad day, year or job. To lessen the sting of such criticism – often really angry or overly critical in an unconstructive way – I try to be understanding. I think to myself that this person might not be feeling so good at the moment. Step 4: Reply or let go. No matter the content of for example an email I try to keep my reply level-headed and kind. I may add a question or two to get more specific feedback that is helpful. And if they don’t reply or I have simply gotten a nasty attack then it is time to delete it and to let that situation go. 9. If something still gets under your skin then know what to do. Sometimes something can still get under your skin and hurt you. Even if you use the steps above. Two things that have helped me with that challenge are: Let it out. Just letting that issue out into the light talking it over with someone close can be very helpful to see it for what it actually is. And to find a healthier perspective on the situation. Improve your self-esteem. I have found over the years that with a stronger self-esteem things drag me down less and they don’t ruin my day as much anymore. Negativity from others bounces off me much more often instead. 10. Start your day in a positive way. How you start your day usually sets the tone for the rest of your day. So be careful about how you spend your mornings. If you get going at full speed, lost in future troubles in your mind then the stress, perceived loss of power of over your life and negative thoughts will ramp up quickly. If you on the other hand start your day by moving slowly, by having an uplifting conversation with your family or friend or you spend some time with reading or listening to inspiring and helpful articles or podcasts over breakfast or during your bus ride to work then that can make a big difference for how your whole day will go. 11. Mindfully move through your day. When you spend your time in the present moment then it becomes so much easier to access positive emotions and to stay practical about what you can actually do about something in your life. When you get lost in the past or future like so many of us have spent a lot of time on doing then worries very easily become bigger. And failures and mistakes from the past being replayed over and over in your mind drag you down into pessimism. By moving slowly through your morning and hopefully through much of the rest of your day it becomes easier to mindfully stay in the moment you are in. Another simple way to reconnect with the moment in you are in and to put your full attention there again is to focus just on what is going on around you right now for a minute or two with all your senses. See it. Hear it. Smell it. Feel the sun, rain or cold wind on your skin. It might sound like a small and insignificant thing to do. But this simplifying reconnection with the moment can have a very positive effect on the rest of your day.