Company massage programs provide enduring benefits for both employers and employees. What initially started as an annual treat for the employees of large companies, has grown into an early anticipated fortnightly event adopted by companies of all sizes.
Companies that invest in massage programs are seeing more engaged and happier employees' which can be linked to improved financial results.
Many companies have also complimented their company massage program with off-site conferences, team bonding sessions and (a must have) following corporate sporting events including; City 2 Surf, Half Marathon and BRW Triathlon series to name a few.
Some benefits of offering company massage to employees include:
- Greater company appreciation
- Reduced stress
- Lower blood pressure
- Decreased absenteeism
- Increase employee retention
- Improved employee morale
- Improved employee engagement
The key to a good company massage program is the program's ability to record employees' progress and thoughts on the program, allowing the measure of tangible and intangible benefits, the most important of which is the Return on Investment. Studies show that massage programs that are monitored and recorded are three times more likely to gain a result.
Through results such as reduced absenteeism and improved employee morale, successful corporate benefit programs offer company massage on a regular basis. With the cost of absenteeism in Australia reaching 7 billion annually, it is no surprise corporate massages are taking off and becoming a standard in most company wellness programs in 2011.
In recent years Australia has witnessed an increase in obesity and obesity related injuries. This has had a major impact in corporate Australia with a strong correlation between weight and absenteeism. Therefore many companies have rightly drawn the conclusion that a massage program can greatly assist in improving the health and well-being of their employees. Studies have shown regular massages can reduce stress and lower blood pressure, both common in overweight people.
A new trend in corporate massage and monitoring is Postural Analysis, a pre-massage feature. Massage therapists conduct postural analysis on employees before their massages to analyze problem areas that need attention. The results are recorded and updated each session providing important feedback for the employee and company. The results are analyzed and from this employees receive a list of prevention exercises to undertake between sessions to maximize recovery time and minimize long-term damage and future time off work.
The final hurdles for most companies looking to start a company massage program is cost and what provider to use. Most reputable providers have a website with information on their services as well cost. Choose a provider that has good testimonials from reputable companies in your area and a flexible payment program allowing both employee and employer to pay. Most providers offer cost-effective and flexible payment methods encouraging program longevity.