5 High-Impact Benefits of Chair Massage in the Workplace
Don’t Miss Out on These Benefits for Your Employees and Your Business
Hanna Kim - February 28, 2020
Corporate Chair Massage Is Full of Benefits
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There’s no denying the power of massage therapy, especially when the results are immediately visible: they feel great to receive, and you leave feeling better than before you went to receive one. Our 5-star ratings and feedback from our clients across the country not only show us we’re providing excellent services, but also that there is still an additional need to incorporate these healing techniques into more workplaces.
Where we work plays a large role in our quality of life and the right work environment can make a real difference. One study found a whopping 83% of US workers suffer from work-related stress, and this stress often bleeds into their output and even their personal lives if it is not managed.
Leaders will find that a symbiotic relationship with their workers, where workers feel happy and valued will lead to greater business success. One way to improve the work environment is to offer wellness perks.
It can be daunting to try and figure out a workplace wellness plan, especially as a new or small business, so we recommend starting with something small but impactful, like on-site chair massage. Let’s take a look at the different ways workplace massage benefits both businesses and workers.
1. Chair Massage Relieves Pain from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Stiff Neck, and More
Did you know the most common reason to get a massage is not to feel pampered, but to relieve pain? No industry goes without its too-high share of workers with pain issues, whether they’re desk jockeys or physical laborers. With jobs that are physically demanding, like construction or auto repair, it can be easy to see how heavy lifting and strenuous work positions can lead to bodily injuries.
Less obvious is the pain that comes from being sedentary at work.
Over time, sitting or standing in one position for much of the day leads to muscle and joint pain. In both the cases of physical and sedentary work, massage softens overused muscles tissue and calms pain receptors to reduce the sensation of pain. It relieves common symptoms like stiff neck, lower back pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
2. Chair Massage Reduces Workplace Stress
The American Institute of Stress found 1 million people miss work every day due to stress, which results in over $300 billion in losses for US businesses each year. The symptoms of workplace burnout and depression are startlingly similar, and depression alone costs businesses $51 billion in losses from absenteeism and another $26 billion in treatment.
One reason work stress may go unaddressed is that workers largely feel uncomfortable reporting feeling stress to their employers and worry it would be interpreted as disinterest or unwillingness to work. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America found that only 40% of workers who suffer from stress feel comfortable talking to their employers about it, which reinforces a divide in understanding between management and workers. They also found less than half of those who told their employers about their work stress were offered help.
Even the cushiest workplaces can experience high-stress moments, like during a company’s busy season. Chair massage gives you the opportunity to bring the benefits of touch to your workplace to ameliorate stress. Massage can bring some much-needed relief this time of year during tax season for accounting firms and finance departments. Educational institutions may want to consider chair massage for teachers during the busy back-to-school month or even for college students during finals week.
3. Chair Massage Events Boost Employee Morale
Finding ways to reward employees for good work and doing so regularly makes a difference in employee outlook and satisfaction. Workers are motivated to continue doing their best when they know their efforts matter.
You can show your employees you recognize they are a valuable part of your business by participating in special events like Employee Appreciation Day. A day of chair massage can be a healthy way to celebrate team accomplishments and jazz up holiday parties too.
4. Wellness Initiatives Mean Savings for Employers
Offering chair massage to your employees doesn’t just benefit them - it benefits your bottom line too. Adding corporate wellness initiatives may allow you to broker lower health care costs for your employees with your medical insurance provider. The Rand Corporation found that every dollar spent put into workplace wellness programs yielded $3.78 in health care savings.
A wellness incentive like office chair massage means healthier and happier employees. When your employees feel good, they are less likely to have health issues like lower immune function, heart problems, and rely on unhealthy habits like smoking.
5. See Long-Term Payoff from Investing in Employee Wellness Today
A 2019 study by Dynamic Signal found 63% of US workers are regularly thinking of quitting their jobs because of stress, and 16% of employees (1 in 6) make the decision to leave and find another opportunity. The Work Institute’s 2017 Retention Report averages the cost of replacing an employee is roughly 33% of that worker’s annual salary. An employee earning a median salary of $45,000 will cost $15,000 to replace.
The decision to incorporate wellness perks is a business savvy decision. Wellness incentives have a high ROI - your initial investment reduces the cost of business in the long run, thanks to higher productivity, fewer sick days, and lower rates of turnover.
How Often Should My Business Offer Employee Chair Massage?
A one-off chair massage event at your workplace is a lovely surprise to gift your workers as a special treat. Employers can realize the full benefits of chair massage by committing to providing it as an on-going wellness perk.
Chair massage is a benefit where the cost per employee can easily be adjusted to fit your budget. We offer corporate wellness packages for weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly chair massage, yoga and meditation. You can also customize how much massage time each employee receives - most of our clients allot 10 to 20 minutes per person.
On-site chair massage is an easy way to introduce benefits of complementary health to your employees or bolster an existing wellness plan. Contact us to learn more about our on-site wellness services we offer online or by calling us at 888-673-2535