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Why you need a workplace wellness programme in your organisation.

In the modern Irish workplace, progressive employers have truly embraced the philosophy that a happy and healthy workforce is also a more productive one, leading to a much greater focus on workplace wellness. All the world’s leading companies have employee wellbeing programmes now fully integrated into their overall business strategies.

absenteeism due to illness

The most obvious benefit of improved health and wellbeing is a reduction in absenteeism due to illness. It is estimated that 11 million days are lost in Ireland every year due to absenteeism at an annual cost of €1.5 billion. Research published by the ESRI which found the two largest categories of work-related illness reported by workers themselves are musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and stress, anxiety and depression (SAD). These two types of illnesses accounted for 68 per cent of work-related illness in Ireland; MSD accounted for 50 per cent and SAD for 18 per cent.

The research shows that employers who provide opportunities to their staff for a better work life balance have a happier and more productive workforce. Clearly any reduction would have major financial benefits for employers and health insurance providers who are increasingly providing wellness programmes for their corporate clients.

wellness and productivity

Research across numerous industries has found a direct link between increased satisfaction and wellness at work and improved job performance and productivity. Workplace wellness programmes lead to happier employees, and happy employees work harder and more efficiently.

Employers recognise that they need to offer their employees a way of dealing with their mental and physical well-being. Having a workforce who are healthy, happy and engaged has been shown to improve a company’s bottom line. It makes sense as there’s less burnout, higher productivity and better morale and team spirit.

retaining staff and attracting new talent

With the country almost at full employment, employers are discovering that offering extra money is no longer the only way to retain staff or attract new recruits to an organisation.

Recent research by IBEC (Irish Business and Employers Confederation) showed that six out of 10 employees were more likely to stay long-term with an employer that showed concern for them, while almost half of the 1,000 employees surveyed said they would leave a job where an employer did not care about their well-being

opportunities to improve employee wellness

Understanding how workplace wellness initiatives help improve productivity can help you introduce programs or opportunities to improve employee wellness and boost productivity too. The World Health Organisation lists a range of benefits to be had from workplace wellness programmes for both employees and organisations. For the organisation these include improved staff morale, reduced staff turnover, reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, and reduced healthcare and insurance costs.

When it comes to choosing a workplace wellness initiative that will give your employees a boost while delivering on many health benefits, onsite chair massage has much to recommend it. High achieving sports people have been using massage to improve performance for decades, so it’s no surprise that it is now becoming a popular ingredient of corporate wellness programmes. As stress levels among Irish workers grow, more and more of the country's top employers are realizing the benefits of providing employees with a massage therapy programme. On-site chair massage is a low-cost solution which offers many gains for both the employer and employee. Some of our largest and most progressive employers have even got resident on-site Massage therapists, but for most companies a regular visit from a registered massage provider is easy to set up and results in minimal disruption to the daily work routine.

Workatreat provides flexible Workplace Massage programmes all over Ireland to small and large companies alike. We can design and provide your company with our Wellness plan dedicated to your organisation's requirements.



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