Ever hear of an on site corporate spa? If not, don't worry -- it's a bit of a well-kept secret among big companies.
In this article, we'll talk about what corporate spas are, why companies are starting to build them, and what it takes to start your own corporate spa for your employees.
How to Start a Corporate Spa for Your Employees
Why Have a Corporate Spa?
Corporate spas are becoming popular with large companies looking to provide bigger and better perks for employees. A corporate spa means employees don't have to travel far for a little R&R.
After businesses have maxed out all they can do with salary and typical benefits, they're looking for additional ways to be a competitive employer.
Spa offerings in a corporate setting also allow employees to relax and recharge onsite, without having to try to schedule time during the weekday evenings or weekends.
What is a Corporate Spa?
Corporate spas are usually housed on site, but they can also be held at a nearby location for easy access. They include typical spa-like services such as:
- Deep tissue
- Hot stones
- Hair cut, coloring, and styling
- Manicure / pedicure
- Sauna / steam
- Soaking pool, hot tub, or lap pool
- Skin treatments, wraps, scrubs, and facials
Corporate spas don't just save employees time. They create an easy way for employees to have a productive break while at work. And that means an increase in morale, focus and productivity.
Getting Started with Your On Site Corporate Spa
Starting a corporate spa is a big undertaking. It's not a simple project that can be completed quickly. But with the right plan, you'll have a good place to start.
A corporate spa is essentially a mini-business within your company. The two main ways to run a corporate spa are either on your own or through an outside company. You can chose to provide the services for free to your employees, have them pay for their treatments, or split the cost with them in someway.
If you choose to run the spa on your own, you'll need dedicated staff members to focus on the project. It can't be someone's side project -- it's a full time job. This is often why many businesses choose to just hire an outside company to manage it.
3 Things You Need for a Corporate Spa
You'll need a dedicated space for your corporate spa, with at least one private room and a reception area.
The types of services provided at the spa will determine what the layout should look like:
- If there will be body wraps or scrubs, there should be a private shower for employees to use after the session.
- If there is hair styling, manicures and pedicures, there will need to be sinks and proper ventilation in each room.
- Massage therapy services will require a place for therapists to wash their hands before and after treatment.
- And because of an abundance of sheets and towels being used, there should be adequate laundry facilities.
2. Someone to Run It
Whether it's an employee of your business, or an outside company, you'll need someone to be in charge of your corporate spa.
The Spa Director will make decisions about decorations, room layout, staffing, hours, prices, schedules, cleaning/laundry, supplies, and everything else associated with running a spa.
3. People to Staff It
These are the massage therapists, nail technicians, hair stylists, spa attendants, and receptionists that make the spa happen.
Again, these might be people signed on as staff members of your own company, or they could be employees or contractors of your corporate spa management company.
The Latest Trend in Employee Wellness
Onsite corporate spas are a relatively new benefits some companies are offering. Because of the cost to set up and run such a program, it's typically very large businesses that have on site spas for their employees. In the next several years, we expect more companies of all sizes to start providing these services to their employees.