Wellness in the Workplace
How can a spa visit positively enhance your employee's mental and physical capacity when facing the year ahead.
It is that time of the year, when we all breathe a collective sigh of relief as our much needed December break is upon us; and we look forward to heading to the coast for a little R&R. Usually after our 3-week (4 weeks for the lucky few) vacay, we are refreshed of mind if somewhat “wider” of body, looking forward to attacking the New Year and our new goals with a vengeance. Unfortunately, the year far outlasts our enthusiasm with stress related illness soon raising it unwelcome head.
As job lethargy settles in and employees of all levels begin questioning their worth and personal growth potential in their respective companies, Corporate SA holds it breathe waiting for the onslaught of resignations which are part of the February landscape. Now, we all know that change is good and with new people come new ideas, but the downside of losing valuable employees is often a wealth of experience is lost which can usually only be replaced at great cost (if ever).
So what can you do to ensure that your key senior and middle managers do not end up on the resignation pile?
Many employers are turning to holistic programmes to ensure that they not only concentrate on job performance, but also look after the mental and physical wellness of their employees ensuring healthy motivated people who love their jobs AND their work environments. These companies soon have their pick of talent in the competitive recruiting market as current employees become ambassadors for their brand — a win win situation ensuring that key expertise is not lost and new positions are filled by like-minded go-getters who will ensure the on-going success of the team.
Part of this wellness trend includes Spa Pamper days in early January to rejuvenate employees and show appreciation for the previous year — this Spa Pamper often replaces the ubiquitous December Office Christmas Party which is fast losing favour with employees and employers alike. By enjoying a spa pamper at the start of the year, teams are able to re-bond after the summer break; and are often more energised getting back "into the swing of things" far quicker than those who drag themselves to work after an idyllic summer holiday of late evenings, long breakfast and lazy summer days.
The full day African Rejuvenation Spa Pamper journey at the Indaba Hotel's Mowana Spa is the perfect January Spa Treat — a day of indulgent relaxation including a 2-course spa breakfast, 6 decadent pamper treatments, delicious spa luncheon, select beverage and a more-ish high tea — BLISS; and if you don't have the time or budget to spend an entire day at the spa, there is always the Mowana "ME TIME" Indulge or the Makoya Morning Retreat — the perfect ½ day escape in the city.
Not only do spa pamper days improve motivation & performance by getting employees over the "holiday bump", but massage is also beneficial for physical & mental wellness as follows:
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow — the body’s natural defence system
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs improving circulation and ensuring vitality and well being
- Improve condition of the body’s largest organ — the skin which is often neglected
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight and fatigued muscles
- Increase joint flexibility
- Release endorphins — “feel good” amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller
- Relieve Headaches and Migraines and improve lethargy
- Lessen depression and anxiety
- Alleviate Stress
- Improve over-all mood
Employee Wellness is certainly not limited to January with Wellness in the Workplace playing a large role in employee motivation throughout the year.
Wellness is also not limited to Spa Pampers (although these are by far most popular) and can include Quiet Areas or "Chill Zones", Health Bars, Yoga Retreats, Gym facilities at work or complimentary Gym membership at popular health clubs, Hair Salons on premises, Dieticians and Medical Care Providers on premises (or contracted in for Wellness Days) and a favourite "shop" where employees are able to purchase items at a discounted rate — this concept works especially well at companies like Nike, Edcon and Unilever with many employees enjoying this benefit.
Another excellent budget savvy pamper popular with Corporates is a travelling spa like Mowana on the Move which brings "WELLNESS TO YOU" by incorporating relaxing Massage Techniques into shorter time periods in the comfort of your office environment. Trained Therapists set-up a Mowana Relaxation Zone in an area of your choice and offer mini massages including Head, Neck & Shoulder Massages, Foot Massages and Hand Massages to target work stressed muscles to ensure relaxation and an over-all sense of well-being. Travelling spa's like Mowana on the Move mean that Wellness & Relaxation is accessible to all at a fraction of the cost of traditional spa days.
Research has shown that Companies benefit from happy, motivated employees who are mentally and physically well. Employees who seek out Companies and Organisations who place a large emphasis on employee well-being are often high-performing intrepreneurs (an "out of the box" thinker similar to an "entrepreneur" but employed within an organisation ensuring growth of the organisation) — this benefits the employer tremendously and ensures that the company or organisation remains a leader in their field.
So, next time your team is looking a little jaded after the Summer Vacay, perhaps you should forget the planned Three Day Strat Session and head for Mowana Spa — you might be surprised by the ideas that flow.