Corporate massage is definitely not a cure-all for every office problem. There are a lot of things that a massage simply won’t solve.
If your corporate culture just sucks, a massage program won’t fix that. If you aren’t paying your people what they’re worth, a 15 minute massage won’t cover that up. It’s possible that you may need more help than corporate massage can provide.
But there is quite a bit that chair massage actually can do for companies looking to improve certain aspects of their business. Here is a list of some problems our clients have solved with a little chair massage, and we have the data to back it up.
10 Signs You Need a Workplace Massage Program
1. Your hiring pool is pretty shallow.
Finding the right talent in a competitive marketplace is a common goal that many of our clients have. When you’re a tech company competing for engineers, or a call center with high turnover, any "leg up" in the recruiting arena will pay exponential dividends. Many times that advantage is as simple as a 15-minute massage each month.
- Brandon Fish, VP of Human Resources at Entrata, says that their monthly program is an effective recruiting tool for their competitive SaaS company:
- "As we recruit new talent, massage is an attractive benefit for our potential new employees. We are glad we made the decision to add massage services as one of our perks."
- As the hiring pools become more and more filled with millennials, employers need to look to the benefits that matter to them.
- According to the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 75% of millennials are interested in benefits that support a work-life balance and add to their quality of life -- and massage definitely fits that bill.
2. Your employees are super stressed.
We all know that stress is the #1 contributor to any chronic disease or condition. Stress is a real killer. And everyone knows that too much stress in the workplace can affect morale and slow productivity.
- But what you might not know, is that a 15-minute chair massage reduces stress by 85%.
- Some of that is the 15 minute break, sitting in a quiet space with relaxing music, and some of that is the dopamine release and muscle tension reduction from the massage. Whatever the case, 85% is a number worth paying attention to.
- Linda Laughlin, HR Manager at Orange Legal Technologies has seen a great deal of stress reduction in the office:
- "Our employees felt like they were getting a great benefit...they enjoyed a few minutes of relaxation. As the employer we feel that benefit will translate to increased happiness overall for them, both personally and as it affects them in the workplace!"
So if your team is in the middle of the busy season, or you just implemented a new system, you may want to consider trying a little massage to ease the office stress and let your employees relax.
3. You’re spending a lot on Worker’s Compensation claims for wrist, neck, or back issues.
Worker’s Compensation can be a money drain on any company, especially those in health care and manufacturing. Any time you send an employee to physical therapy, Worker’s Comp goes up.
But what if you didn’t have to send those employees to PT? What if you used an intervention to treat the problem at it’s first signs before it escalated into a Worker’s Comp claim?
- Companies like Varian Medical and Intel use onsite massage to do exactly that.
- These companies provide 15-30 minute massage sessions for their employees at the first signs of wrist pain, neck pain or back pain, and most of those pain complaints are resolved before they ever reach Worker’s Comp.
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 70% of workplace injuries are caused by repetitive motions.
Diana Hasselfeld, Nurse Practitioner at Varian Medical states that using massage as an intervention for Worker’s Compensation actually saves their company money. (Check out the video below!)
Maybe bringing in massage for the whole company isn’t realistic right now, so why not start small? Identify the population most susceptible to repetitive strain injuries and just pilot the program in that department for now. You never know what a difference it might make to your bottom line.
4. Your health fair isn’t getting the amount traffic you want to see.
Health fairs. Everyone has health fairs now. And I, personally, have seen the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to health fairs. Everything from super lame lectures on blood pressure and handouts on fitness, to very engaging cooking demonstrations and fitness competitions.
But the number one source of increasing foot traffic that our clients report at every health fair, is chair massage.
- Cammie Cable, VP of Human Resources at Clearlink reports an increase in health fair traffic as it gives an opportunity for employees to disconnect and feel rejuvenated:
- "We take a holistic approach to wellness and having seated massage at our health fairs provides our employees with the opportunity to recharge after a busy day at the office."
So if you’re looking for a way to attract more employee traffic to your next health fair, think about adding a chair or two and see how it goes. You might be pleasantly surprised.
5. Your team isn’t meeting deadlines and goals.
If your team isn’t performing, it may not seem obvious to you that a massage here and there might be able to help. Why would a massage make my employees more productive?
- Aaron Call, VP of Sales and Operations at G&A Partners loves their program so much they have nearly doubled it every single year:
- "Productivity and overall employee satisfaction increased, and our customer service ratings improved as well. Providing workplace massage for our employees has been a great investment for our company with an excellent ROI that is ultimately experienced by our customers."
- If that’s not enough for you, consider this: the International Journal of Neuroscience reports that job stress and inability to remain focused decreased significantly after employees received massages at work. If you’re struggling with employee productivity, a little TLC might do the trick.
6. You can’t seem to hang on to good employees.
Similar to #1, the same benefits that attract top talent also tend to keep them sticking around. If turnover is high at your organization, consider adding in some unique benefits that appeal to your target employee demographic.
- Millennials, who are quickly becoming the mainstay of the American workforce, value things that give them freedom, flexibility and improve their quality of life. Chair massage is a great way to offer those benefits with a small price tag.
7. Your office morale could use some help.
If there’s one thing massage is really effective at, it’s improving office morale. Besides the obvious benefits of pain relief, increased releases in dopamine and serotonin (yes, they will sleep better too!), massage has an amazing ability to make people happier.
- The Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies reported a decrease in anxiety and depression among people receiving massage, compared to a control group, because of the reduction in stress hormones that contribute to those conditions.
- Scott Evanson, Founder of Smart Rhino Labs says that their massage program is key to the recipe for morale they follow:
- "It really is the best perk ever! Our employees are giddy every Thursday when someone reminds them it’s massage day!"
Even if you’re not ready to jump into a full blown massage program, just a one time massage event can have a profound effect on the mood and morale at your office.
8. Your staff has been working overtime.
When your team has gone through a period of high stress working extra hours, bringing some massage into the office can do wonders.
- Our clients have brought in massage for all kinds of great reasons:
- After a new product launch
- When implementing a new technology
- An unexpected bump in the road has required all hands on deck
- Recognizing stressful situations your employees are in will build trust and loyalty.
- Lily Daniali uses massage as a tool to relax the team and reward them for kicking butt during a stressful week.
- "The entire office was so relaxed and felt very pampered by the experience. It was exactly what we were looking for."
9. Your Christmas party is a dud.
Parties are the best excuse to bring in some office massages for your employees. Many of our clients use onsite massage services as a Christmas gift for their office, or at their big summer party.
- You can really make your party memorable and unique by bringing chair massage in for your team.
- An easy set-up is to have the massage chairs in a corner of the room, rather than hidden away in a separate room.
- This way, employees see their colleagues and family members getting chair massages and it adds to the fun of the event.
You wouldn't believe the lines that start forming for massages at these kinds of events!
10. Your team is breaking records left and right.
Don’t just remedy the aspects you want to improve in your office, encourage positive behaviors by celebrating the wins as well!
- Another sign you should invest in chair massage for your team is anytime they meet a deadline or exceed a goal.
- When the company makes a win, the employees should feel that win as well, figuratively and literally.
- A key component to keeping morale high is to notice when things are going well and make it a big deal.