Massage for thousands of years now benefits both our body and spirit. It is integrally connected to our wellbeing.
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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.
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.
7 Meaningful Steps to Reduce Stress & Tension in Your Office
Most of us have worked with various different companies in our life span. Regardless of the deadlines and targets that need to be met, there are work environments that simply thrive on stress and others that keep it to a manageable minimum. Why is that? It often relates to the culture and actions that companies take to achieve just that. Increase results but make a strong effort by taking specific actions to reduce tension. Here are some steps towards that much desired balance: Source 1. Identify the problem areas The first step to helping your stressed out employees is to find out what they’re stressed about. Stress comes in many forms and is sparked by many reasons. And while some ways of addressing stress may work across the board, there are times when you’ll need to tackle stress in more specific ways. Are you employees overworked? Are deadlines and responsibilities asking too much of them? Is there a bad seed among your team that is making the workday unpleasant? Are work expectations too high and consequences too severe? What’s the overall atmosphere of the workplace? Do you personally feel burned out often? For the most part, these are questions that need to be answered by your workers. Managers may not see the issues employees face, or they may be in denial. A regular anonymous survey of your employees will give you all the insight you need. And looking at survey responses over time will tell you which areas are improving and which are not. 2. Have fun For too long, we’ve associated work with drudgery. But work doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful, or even boring. Companies in every sector should be able to let loose once in a while. Though we can’t all have as much fun as they seem to over at Google headquarters, we can do something to bring some fun into the workplace. The possibilities are endless: parties and celebrations for any reason, awards ceremonies, happy hour Fridays, weird hat day, formal wear dinners, summer picnics, holiday parties….. You get the idea. To maximize the stress-relieving effects of company parties, be sure to include your employees’ families (see point #5) 3. Massage at work None of our clients would invest on WorkWell for as long as they have if workplace massage wasn’t effective. Massage programs can serve to address many of the effects of workplace stress. Those effects include tight muscles, physical tension, aching necks and backs, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, and shallow breathing. A weekly 15-minute massage can address all of those issues. But most people know that already. The real questions companies have about massage programs are about the cost of a program, how to set it up, and tips to organize a program for their company. If you have questions like these, we are happy to give you some guidance. We have and we are as we ‘speak’, accumulated a lot of knowledge and experience from the best corporate source: People like you! 4. Plants, light, decor People underestimate the impact our physical environment can have on their morale, stress levels, and productivity. When stress is high at work, try giving some attention to the light, décor, and general ambiance of the workplace. Bring in some potted plants to help clean the air, allow personal decorations to liven up the cubical farm, and bring in table lamps instead of florescent lighting. Also rethink your dress code. Depending on the business culture of your field, you may be able to be more lenient with your office dress code. Of course, some positions will need to stick with the tried and true professional wear, especially anyone meeting with clients, vendors, or customers on a regular basis. But for everyone else, consider if there is an opportunity to ease up on dress code restrictions. 5. Work/life balance Lowering stress at the office might mean creating some flexibility with work schedules. There’s a reason more companies are adopting “unlimited vacation” policies and work-from-home days. The more control employees have over their own work schedule, the more they’ll enjoy their work. Offering flex time and reducing the mandatory time you need bodies at desks can create a big impact on the company culture. As long as tasks are being completed and everyone is accessible when needed (virtually or not), work should still flow smoothly. 6. Impromptu Breaks Encouraging more mid-day breaks will allow employees to focus better on their tasks, and will reduce burnout. A study by DeskTime, a workplace productivity program, has shown that an optimal work-to-break ratio is the 52:17. That’s 52 minutes of dedicated focused work, followed by a 17-minute work-free break. That means no email, no creating to-do lists, nothing. This time ratio has been found to be one of the most effective for getting focused work completed. If this kind of schedule won’t work for your company, consider other times of impromptu breaks, such as a 5-minute meditation period every couple of hours. Bring in a mindfulness coach to instruct workers on stress-relieving breathing techniques or easy meditation tips. The key is to eliminate multitasking. 7. Get people moving Finally, keep workplace stress at bay by keeping your employees’ bodies strong, limber, and healthy. Physical stress creates mental stress, and vice versa. You can often address one by addressing the other. Start holding informal walks at lunchtime, hold yoga classes in the evenings after work or early in the morning, and bring in personal trainers to teach simple stretches to your employees. Offer incentives to employees who walk or bike to work and cover race fees for employees and a guest who enter a local 5k, 10k, or marathon. We do that with our Corporate Wellness services and programs at businesses across the country. Want to give it a try? Simply contact us for a two hour demo with WorkWell either for On – site massage, Office Yoga and Office Pilates
6 Yoga Exercises You Won’t Be Embarrassed to Do at Your Desk
Many of us sit behind our desks and stare at computer screens for far too much of the day. Although concentrated work can be beneficial to our jobs, it can be taxing on our bodies. The following yoga exercises will help you relieve any tension you might feel after too many hours of poring over spreadsheets. The poses also provide long-term benefits with regular practice. Each pose takes fewer than two minutes to complete, and you can do the whole series in just 10 minutes—but I promise you’ll feel the effects long after. Source: Harvard Business Review Breathe deeply throughout the poses because sending oxygen to your muscles allows them to relax. Shoulder Rolls (2 minutes) Sitting upright, lift your right shoulder to your ear. Slowly roll your shoulder around and back, dropping it away from your ear. Lift your left shoulder to your ear. Slowly roll your shoulder around and back, dropping it away from your ear. Continue these rolls three more times, alternating right and left. Lift both shoulders up to your ears and hold for a breath. Release them, slowly rolling your shoulders around and back, dropping them away from your ear. Repeat five times and then relax your shoulders. Open Chest Stretch (1 minute) Sit near the edge of your chair and interlace your fingers behind you, palms together and facing your back. Lean forward slightly, lifting your arms so that you feel the stretch in your chest. Inhale slowly, lifting your chest. Exhale and relax your shoulders away from your ears. Hold for 10 to 15 breaths. Slowly release your hands and return them to your sides. Neck Stretch (1 minute) Sit upright without letting your back touch the back of the chair. Hold your head directly over your spine, as if there is a string lifting the crown of your head up. Drop your right ear toward your right shoulder without lifting your right shoulder or turning your head. Take several breaths in and out, feeling the stretch on the left side of your neck. To create a deeper stretch, reach your right hand over your head and place it on the left side of your face. Hold the pose for at least five more breaths and then release your hand and straighten your neck, gently massaging your neck and shoulders with your left hand. Repeat on your left side. Chair Twist (2 minutes) Sit near the edge of the chair, but turn your thighs toward the right side of the chair so that you are sitting diagonally. If you have an armrest on the side of your chair, bring your thighs as close to it as possible. Move your arm to the back of the chair on the opposite side, taking hold of the chair back with your right hand. With your left hand, take hold of your right knee or armrest. Breathe deeply, focusing on lengthening your spine. Twist to the right, pressing your right hand against the back of the chair to deepen the stretch. Focus on drawing your shoulder blades down. Breathe deeply, completely filling and emptying your lungs. Hold the pose for 10 to 15 breaths. Return to the center. Repeat on your left side. Reverse Prayer Pose (2 minutes) Sit near the edge of your chair. Reach your arms around behind you and bring your palms together, fingertips pointing down. Rotate your wrists and turn your fingertips in toward your spine until your fingertips are pointing up. Slide your palms back together in prayer position. Use one hand to help pull the other hand up further on your back, to a comfortable spot. Be sure your shoulders are straight, not rounded. Press the outside edges of your palms lightly into your back. Press your palms together gently. Press your feet into the floor. Breathe deeply, completely filling and emptying your lungs. Hold the pose for 10 to 15 breaths. Exhale and release your arms. Twisted Arms (2 minutes) Sit upright without letting your back touch the back of the chair. Reach your arms out in front of you at shoulder level. Tuck your right elbow into the crook of your left arm, and curl your forearms up into a 90-degree angle. The backs of your hands will be against each other. If you can, place your left fingers on your right palm, keeping palms straight in a single line with your nose. Breathe deeply, completely filling and emptying your lungs. Hold the pose for 10–15 breaths. Return to the center. Tuck your left elbow into the crook of your right arm, and curl your forearms up into a 90-degree angle. The backs of your hands will be against each other. If you can, place your right fingers on your left palm, keeping palms straight in a single line with your nose. Breathe deeply, completely filling and emptying your lungs. Hold the pose for 10 to 15 breaths. Exhale and return to the center. WorkWell can help you develop & implement end2end your own customised Office Yoga & Ergonomy seminars