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.
How Toxic Is Your Workplace Exactly? Quite Toxic If These 6 Things Keep Showing Up – Inc.
How toxic is the workplace-maybe even yours? In Dying for a Paycheck, Stanford professor of organizational behaviour Jeffrey Pfeffer documents loads of evidence suggesting that the workplace is literally killing people. Sixty one % of employees said that workplace stress had made them sick and 7% said they had actually been hospitalized. Job stress, according to Pfeffer, may cause 120,000 excess deaths each year. Source: Inc. I’ve documented toxicity in the workplace as well, with head-shaking statistics. To raise awareness of the profundity of the problem in hopes of safeguarding our children’s future when they enter the workplace, I offer you six commonly found toxic behaviours. 1. Passive aggressiveness. Research has discovered that most toxic personalities are passive aggressive, meaning that they often distrust others and are very territorial and seek to remain in control. They also reject negative feedback, because they don’t see themselves as the problem. 2. Stifling bureaucracy. Toxicity is found in organizations with a controlling grip that chokes people’s productivity and work processes. You’ll find too many layers of management approval to move things forward and get things done, and a singular focus on micromanagement. 3. People are treated as objects. People are seen as expendable parts and moved around to fulfill the expectations of those at the top of the food chain. Workers are seen as objects used as a means to an end rather than valuable assets and worthy partners. There’s little regard for their future or well-being and, as a result, stress, turnover, absenteeism, and burnout is prevalent. 4. ‘Social pollution.’ In his book, Pfeffer references IESE Business School professor Nuria Chinchilla, who coined the term “social pollution” to describe companies that devalue the wellbeing of their workers, including the family unit as an important source of social support. The thick fog of social pollution is the cause of divorces and disruptions to family life-evidenced by: long work hours, little or no vacation time, and 24/7 availability for work communication. 5. Management shows favouritism. Toxic managers often protect or promote workers, undeservedly, who reinforce their own power or promote their own unfair (and even unethical) agendas. The special treatment of others for one’s self-interest breeds resentment among others and kill morale long-term. Nepotism is also another example of favouritism, where owners and managers hire unqualified relatives or friends and pay them exorbitant salaries way above market value. 6. Hyper masculine personality traits. In a recent episode of Love in Action podcast, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, professor of business psychology at University College London and at Columbia University, explained in-depth that most of us have a tendency to equate leadership with personality traits statistically more likely to be found in men. The problem? When we reward typically male traits like confidence, extraversion, and charisma, they can later backfire as overconfidence, narcissism, and even psychopathy, resulting in potentially dangerous, toxic work cultures.
Six Corporate Health and Wellness Topics
Envisioning corporate wellness programs is one thing – implementing them with success and high employee participation is another! Keeping in mind that the participation levels will either ‘make it’ or ‘break it’, we must always strive to make them meaningful and practical when we set them forward. In this article, we’ll cover six ideas including fitness, stress management, nutrition and more. Source: IncorporateMassage.com 1. Food and Nutrition Finding ways to eat healthy food with a busy work/life schedule can be tough. Some people struggle with knowing what kinds of foods are best for their body, others may want to know more about portion controls, or simple ways to clean up a diet. There’s no one-size-fits-all diet for everyone, because we’re all dealing with different issues. But there are some good basics that generally apply to everyone. Bring in a nutritionist to talk about healthy snacks to bring to work Provide a cooking demonstration To make the biggest impact with a session on nutrition, a company should also make sure the food they provide on a regular basis are minimally processed, nutritious whole foods. 2. Fitness Exercise is the second only to nutrition when it comes to keeping healthy. Keep your employees motivated for hitting the gym — or inspire them to start — with a lunch and learn session on fitness. Learn some quick do-anywhere exercises. Body-weight exercises require no equipment, other than perhaps a chair or wall to use as leverage. Ask WorkWell about our Office Yoga program An easy to do and remember set of exercises using one’s own work chair Review a variety of 7-minute workouts. Seven minutes? Really? Yep, it’s true. It’s called high-intensity interval training (or HIIT). This kind of fitness regime is designed to target major muscle groups and elevate your heart rate enough for an efficient full-body workout. Hold an employee to employee talk Got a team member who has seen serious results with their personal fitness goals? Ask them to talk about their experience with their peers. No one needs to be at body-builder status to make this work 3. Breathing It’s not just super-stressed out people who don’t breathe properly. At any given moment, we could be breathing improperly and making life harder on ourselves. A session on proper breathing techniques can help employees learn simple tricks to better breathing. Breathing right reduces stress hormones, and creates a clearer mind. Want some ideas of where to start? Ask WorkWell about our Mindfullness Techniques 4. Stress-busters There’s a whole industry of desktop gadgets to relieve stress: mini zen gardens, squishy stress balls, soothing light boxes. The list could be endless. But these desk toys are just a small part of reducing workplace stress. Hold a wide presentation to review some effective ways to combat workplace stress. Employees can share what works for them, and learn some simple tricks for minimizing the everyday causes of stress. Of course, much of your employees’ stress could be due to larger company issues that a bandaid won’t fix. But a little stress relief can go a long way. Talk about how the following ideas could work for your company: Leaving work stress at work, and not taking it home Taking frequent breaks reduces stress and improves concentration Using the pomodoro technique for better focus and clarity How better organization and communication can reduce workplace stress 5. Exercises at your desk Staying in one position for hours at a stretch takes it’s toll.Whether your employees sit or stand all day, some muscles are getting overly tight while others get neglected. Talk about ways to keep their bodies as nimble as possible throughout the workday. Whether it’s simply learning tips for better posture, or easy stretches to do at your desk, exercising at work is definitely possible. Hold a presentation where employees can learn about all the ways to keep their bodies happy and healthy at work. Depending on what kind of work your employees do, they may be encouraged to move a little more, or a little less, during the work day. 6. Best local activities for health Send a monthly group email where employees can get an overview on up-coming local events that will be a boost in their wellness. Solicit local fitness companies or event managers to come speak to your employees about their events. Theme races Traditional 5k or 10k events Hiking groups Commuter bike challenges A simple tip: You can’t become a Wellness Oriented Employer overnight as you most certainly already know. But, you can start with any of the above meaningful proposals and work your way up. What is certain though, is that for every single cent and energy you will invest, the ROI will amaze you 🙂
What is Employee Wellbeing, Why is it so important and What does Research say?
For most us, our lives are made up mostly of work. Companies are learning that acknowledging – rather than denying – this fact is not just the right thing to do, but also a sound business decision. In a recent interview, ‘Life is Good’ founder Bert Jacobs emphasized that focusing on things like employee wellbeing has an often under-acknowledged business benefit for organizations. Source According to Jacobs, focusing on employee wellbeing and purpose is “a smart strategy for building a strong business….The organization only hurts themselves if they’re not working in the best interest of everybody at their organization.” Why is this the case? Employee wellbeing is linked to employee engagement and productivity, and your organization becomes stronger across the board when you make it a priority. Your company isn’t the product you make, your intellectual property, your patents, or even the customers you serve. First and foremost, your company is your people. (Literally. The word “company” comes from the military, and simply refers to a body of soldiers.) “Employee happiness,” “employee engagement,” and “employee wellbeing” are terms that often thrown around interchangeably. While they’re all related, they mean different things and imply different strategies. What’s the difference? Specifically, employee wellbeing is about how your job – your duties, expectations, stress level, and environment – affects your overall health and happiness. And while it certainly includes things like exercise and nutrition, well-being isn’t just about physical health. It’s about mood and cognition, and less tangible factors like a sense of purpose. Above all, it’s about understanding your employees from a holistic perspective, taking into account the totality of their lives, and considering their overall quality of life. What does research say? A Swedish study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine concluded that workers who exercised reported having a greater capacity for work, greater productivity, and were sick less often. The World Health Organization estimates over 350 million people afflicted with depression, making it the leading cause of disability worldwide. Depression is also linked with unhealthy stress – and health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress. A CareerBuilder.com survey found the top 2 most-requested employee perks were half-day Fridays, and an on-site fitness center. That tells us loud and clear that employees are extremely concerned with their health and their everyday quality of life. More than fancy titles or big offices, they truly seem to want support for a flexible and healthy lifestyle. Rosemary Hefner, vice president of HR at CareerBuilder, says, “Being compensated well will always be a top consideration, but we’re seeing: work-life balance, telecommuting options and learning opportunities Outweigh other job factors when an employee decides whether to stay with an organization.” Given the evidence, it’s clear that the physical fitness and mental state of workers has a huge impact on the health and productivity of a business as a whole. What might not be as immediately obvious is the role those things play in employee retention. Further research results Source Highly engaged employees are: 2.5 times more likely to stay at work late if something needs to be done after the normal workday ends more than twice as likely to help someone at work even if they don’t ask for help more than three times as likely to do something good for the company that is not expected of them Employees who are Engaged and have high Well-Being are: 42% more likely to evaluate their overall lives highly 27% more likely to report “excellent” performance in their own job at work 27% more likely to report “excellent” performance by their organization 45% more likely to report high levels of adaptability in the presence of change Companies with engaged employees see 233% greater customer loyalty and a 26% greater annual increase in revenue (Aberdeen) What about actively Disengaged Employess? Actively disengaged workers are nearly twice as likely as engaged workers to have been diagnosed with depression (Gallup) Depression and anxiety lead to 15 billion lost days of work every year, at an estimated annual cost of US $1.15 trillion (World Health Organization) Conclusion: Investing in employee wellbeing just makes sense Regardless of the size of your business, you and your employees stand to benefit from an increased focus on employee health and happiness, for all the reasons outlined above. Large businesses will have more complexities to navigate with regard to legalities, implementation and awareness-building, but also have the most to gain from making employee wellbeing programs available to employees. As we’ve seen, research supports the inclusion of both physical and mental programs in a well-balanced wellbeing program.