In the UK 822,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression, or anxiety during 2021 according to HSE statistics. Workplace stress is extremely common and can create a significant drop in productivity if not managed. Working long hours, high workloads, tight deadlines, and boring job content is amongst some of the reasons why employees find themselves unhappy at work.
Workplace stress has the power to disrupt employees’ physical, emotional, financial, psychological, and social well-being. It’s not just an employee’s health that suffers due to work related stress. It can increase sickness absences, increase staff turnover, decrease customer service, and reduce brand reputation.
Employers have realised the importance of employee well-being. The increased attendance, productivity, and loyalty of happier employees are significant business incentives. To inspire employers, we have put together a list of three easy ways they can boost the well-being of their employees.
Corporate massage is not to be underestimated. Massage has the potential to increase both the physical and mental well-being of employees. What better way to show your employees that you appreciate them than by offering them a massage right at their very desk. 15-20 minutes of massage treatment is more than enough time to increase alertness, decrease stress and reduce general feelings of anxiety. A corporate massage therapist will usually bring all their own equipment and will be able to offer a few different treatments for employees. Popular corporate massage treatments include Indian Head, Neck and Shoulder, and Facials as these can be done fully clothed which enables staff to get back to work more efficiently.
Team sports events don’t have to involve strenuous exercise. Simply getting your team moving and active can-do wonders for boosting mood and releasing endorphins. Team sports events can include go-karting, yoga, tennis, or even an egg and spoon race. The great thing about team sports events is that you don’t have to have a large budget for your team to bond and have a great time. Whether it’s in your budget to hire an ice-hockey arena or simply throw a frisbee around, your team will appreciate the distraction from work. Setting up sports events allows your team to mingle informally, this is where genuine friendships can be built amongst co-workers. Having a well bonded team that works well with each other, will increase workplace well-being and productivity. If the corporate massage went down well then a team Sports Massage could be a great way to end your day of sporting events.
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Rewarding your team with a healthy breakfast or lunch can be a great reward as healthy food is often more expensive. Making healthy food choices can improve concentration and increase energy levels of employees. It’s also another great way for employees to bond with each other through informal lunch conversations. High workloads can often mean employees eating at their desks and making unhealthy food choices. Encouraging employees away from their desks and to take their proper lunch breaks amongst other colleagues, can be an excellent way to improve workplace well-being. The saying is true, you really are what you eat.