Having worked in stressful jobs and experienced Stress, Anxiety and Irritable Bowel Syndrome myself, I fully support the growing popularity in office based therapies. Wellness in the workplace leads to lower absenteeism, lower stress rates, higher productivity, increased morale, all of which leads to lower staff turnover. What’s not to like?!
Back in the day, I have worked for many large corporations, one of which was Norwich Union Direct in Water Street Liverpool. Paula, who was on our bank of desks, would from time to time hop up from her seat and go to someone who had just dealt with a stressful call and massage their shoulders. This was great, and everyone loved it, but we got so busy that eventually there simply wasn’t time between calls to do anything.
I am happy to report that I no longer suffer from any of the symptoms I mentioned above but empathise with those who do. I also no longer work at Norwich Union Direct.
Let’s Look at Some Statistics
Work-induced stress in now widely recognised as a significant problem in many developed nations and the UK is no exception. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE):
- 15.4 million working days are lost due to work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2017/18 Labour Force Survey (LFS)
- 595,000 Workers suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety (new or long-standing in 2017/18 Labour Force Survey (LFS)
- The average prevalence rate for work-related stress, depression or anxiety across all industries was 1,320 cases per 100,000 workers over the three-year period 2015/16 – 2017/18
- The broad industry category of Public administration and defence; compulsory social security has a rate of 1,960 cases per 100,000 workers
- Human health and social work activities 2080 cases per 100,000 workers and Education
- 2100 cases per 100,000 workers each with a statistically significantly higher rate than the average for all industries
Absenteeism and Presenteeism
Managing absenteeism and presenteeism for any employee is vitally important and as demonstrated in the figures above, the loss of working days is a considerable cost to the nation’s economy and its wellbeing (happiness…)
Another cost is then taken on by the National Health Service (NHS).
“There are enormous costs to the NHS of work-related stress: around 30 per cent of sickness absence in the NHS is due to stress, with a bill to the service of £300-£400m per year. However, stress can also contribute to accidents and errors by employees, low morale and poor performance. It has a significant impact on the well-being of staff, their productivity and effectiveness.”
This survey the above quote was taken from, was conducted in 2008 so the exact figures will be different now – however anecdotally and intuitively, its findings remain just as relevant as ever.
Wellness Visit to Aintree University Hospital
On Wednesday 5th December 2018, I was at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool taking part in a wellness day for the staff.
This is the third year running I have taken part in this event and there was a noticeable change in the amount of staff who wanted a therapy this year – much more than the previous years.
Indeed, it was back to back appointments between 12pm and 4pm with nurses literally queuing up to take time out from the day to day stresses of their jobs.
Stress can be dangerous
According to mindbodygreen.com:
- Stress can turn on and off Gene impression
- Early childhood events can increase or decrease the levels of corticotropin-releasing hormone
- Stress can damage parts of the brain due to adrenal burnout
- Susceptibility to infections can be stress related
- The gut reacts to stress, causing an adverse effect on the body and mind overall
There are just a few examples of what stress can do to our mind and body.
Bringing Work Life Balance with Indian Head Massage and Dien Chan Zone
Tackling stress through Indian Head Massage (IHM) and Dien Chan Zone (DCZ), may lead to a reduction in sickness, absenteeism and presenteeism.
It is also very uplifting to think that an employer cares about the wellbeing of their staff. This caring attitude will have positive effect on productivity too.
IHM works on vital energy points on the head, neck and shoulders.
DCZ is facial reflexology, working on the principle that the body is mapped out in the face (blog posts to follow on IHM and DCZ).
Just ten minutes of IHM or DCZ can have a positive outcome for the employee and employer. If the time can be stretched to 20/30 minutes, then even better! As with much else in life, you get out what you put in.
IHM and DCZ are extremely adaptable and both treatments involve minimal disruption.
Ideally it is best to be away from the desk and the constant interruption of work-related noises. Work load permitting, the employer may allow employees time in the working day or in a break or lunch time.
For the employee, office-based IHM and DCZ may:
- improve concentration and accuracy
- improve the ability to cope working under pressure
- free the energy channels of negative energy – which is believed to be the origin of aliments.
- be able to rejuvenate and relax you
- be done seated
For the employer, office-based IHM and DCZ may:
- reduce the amount of sickness and fatigue, resulting in employees that are more motivated when in work
- create a relaxed atmosphere in the workplace
- lead to employees feeling valued by their employer caring about their welfare
- help to cut absenteeism
For individuals who would like a treatment then please book through Keia.
For Corporate clients wanting to book our services, please email us at [email protected]
Also by Janet Mantle
- Ayurvedic Yoga Massage
- Giving up smoking? Ayurvedic Massage can help
- Indian Head Massage – how it could help you, and My Journey
- The River of Hope – My Ayurveda Massage Journey
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