Reflexology in the Workplace?
Whatever the size of your business, it makes sense to look after your biggest asset – your employees. A fit and healthy workforce is key to an organisation’s performance, and each year millions of working days are lost to stress-related illnesses.
Effects of stress in the workplace
- Low morale
- Tiredness and irritability
- Reduced physical performance
- Lowered immune system, leading to the development of more physical illnesses
- Reduced creativity and productivity
70% of HR professionals feel that stress is a problem in their organisation (HSE, 2007). By introducing reflexology into the workplace, it gives staff an opportunity to experience a holistic therapy which may reduce stress, boost effectiveness and improve general wellbeing.
The best way to guarantee better health in the workplace is through a range of preventative strategies that target any future health risks by ensuring employees are fully equipped to manage their own health proactively, not only protecting themselves from illness but also maximizing their sense of wellness and vitality.
Reflexology addresses some of the core areas of good health promotion such as stress management, the reduction of nervous anxiety and improved sleep. Studies in Denmark have shown that reflexology patients cope better with work stress and have an elevated sense of wellness after therapy, which is why Danish companies use reflexology commonly as part of their workplace health programs.
Potential benefits of reflexology in the workplace
- Quicker recovery and return to work from illness, therefore improving absenteeism
- Enhanced resistance to infection
- An improvement in morale
- Increased productivity and creativity
- Improved ability of staff to cope under pressure
- Can form part of a stress-management programme, providing optimum care for your staff
How can reflexology work for your company?
Because reflexology is non-intrusive, treatments can be carried out in-house. The practitioner brings a special chair for the client to sit in so the Employer does not need to provide any special equipment. Treatments can take between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on the time-scale available, which could allow the employee to have a treatment during their lunch hour.
Each company chooses its own level of involvement. In some businesses, each employee is fully responsible for the cost of their own treatments. Other companies chose to subsidise the treatments for their staff. Whatever works for your company?
The reflexologist requires a small, private room to practice from in-house, and a method of promoting the service internally.
If your business is interested in providing a reflexology service for its staff, I will be happy to offer a free consultation to discuss your organisation’s needs.