Serious & Curious?

Serious and Curious managers required for a 3-Month Workplace Massage Pilot Programme starting this Autumn.

If you’re serious about creating a company culture with employee engagement and wellbeing at its heart, then you are probably curious to hear about reward and wellness programmes that are simple to implement and deliver on their promised results.

Finding the right combination of elements can be a minefield with so many different options available, and getting the right mix is way too important to trust to luck. Sometimes we can be frozen into inaction, or we try to make it easy and go for the low hanging fruit (quite literally in some cases!) such as free fruit or pizza…but how do you measure the impact of a banana, and has anyone ever truly gone the extra mile for a thin and crispy margherita? Seriously though, how do you know which rewards are having the most positive impact, and giving you the most bang for the bucks in your hard-fought budget?

We figured that working with reward programme that not only offers measurable results, but allows you to compare your results against national figures would be a great start. Add to that the unique oportunity to try the service for 3 months, and a full evaluation day worth £720 included free of charge would fit the bill.

Curious to discover why 96% of employees say that our workplace massage is their “most valued reward”?

The two biggest wellbeing challenges employees face on a daily basis are stress and muscular skeletal problems: such as RSI, back and neck pain, headaches, etc. Our ergonomically focused massages not only counteract the effects of these, but are also seen as a luxury reward by employees. The massages reduce sickness absence, increase employee engagement, and creates a resilient workforce fit for the 21st century.

The pilot programme has been developed for you and your team. It enables your employees to experience and feed back on the service, while allowing you the peace of mind our no risk approach offers.

So how does it all work?

Sign up before 31st August 2018 and your pilot will start in September and run until the end of November.

Your pilot will include the free evaluation day with report, and you can book as many or as few sessions each month as you like. There’s no commitment past November, so no long contracts, and it comes with our usual money-back pledge so it’s 100% risk-free! The programme is suitable for any size company, anywhere in the country.

If you want to carry on after the pilot, we’ll give you December free of charge, so Christmas is on us…employee rewards sorted!

If you’re curious to find out more

Contact us on hello@therapysolutions.co.uk or call 08454 681068 and one of our team will be glad to help.

You lost me at “Hello”!

                                                    Hello? 🙁 or Hello! 🙂

 

You lost me at “Hello”

It was Renée Zellweger, who delivered the famous “you had me at hello” line in the film Jerry Maguire.

The reason Jerry won out wasn’t just the words in the script it was the passion with which those words were delivered and its the same for customers.
If their interaction with an employee whether on the phone or face to face is positive you’ve got them, but if in those first few seconds of interaction the employee lacks conviction it can be just as easy to loose them at ‘hello” too.

Its all about the passion.

Smart managers know that you can have all the high tech gismos in the world but if the carbon based life form at the end of the process is unmotivated, stressed or feeling drained when they answer a call the customer knows it. All the expensive technology becomes instantly worthless.

“I’m going to underperform today!”…said no employee, ever.

Lets face it, no one comes into work and says “I’m going to underperform today!” most employees want to do a good job. As managers we’ve all heard the cry “People are your most important asset” and so know that we should be investing in them and yet many companies are still neglecting in this fundamental truth.

It’s all a bit too touchy feely!

If there was a new piece of software or technology that could improve employee performance by up to *48% most managers would buy it without question, but if it involves investing directly in the employee it can still be perceived as a bit touchy feely… “it can’t have any real impact on performance …can it?”

Is there anybody there?

No need to hold a séance just yet but many employees will be IN work but not AT work, not truly present, they come in, ‘sit out’ their shift and then go home. For many, their presence and performance is often restricted by the very nature of the job. Commonly employees feel undervalued stressed or are just physically aching and tired.

Creating a culture where employees can thrive.
We know that the two biggest reasons for sickness absence and underperformance are stress and muscular skeletal problems. By investing directly in your employees with wellbeing and engagement programmes that proactively reduce aches and pains and stress we can restore employee energy levels and boost employee performance.

Creating a culture where employees feel energised, valued and motivated allows them thrive and perform their best game, and that’s when you not only have the employee at hello, you will have the customer too.

*national wellbeing survey

 

Mental Health Awarness Week: Spotting high stress levels in your organisation (and what to do about them!)

Recognising stress

We’ve 10 FREE stress test cards for you!

The first thing you need to do as a manager to reduce stress in the workplace is to recognise it from an as individual as well as an organisational level. This includes knowing when and how it affects you because one thing is guaranteed … if you’re stressed it will have a knock-on effect.

Spot the symptoms

Stress manifests itself in a variety of ways, but symptoms may include changes in behaviour such as… smoking or drinking more, being unable to sleep, a change in eating habits. Or you may become indecisive, lose concentration, become irritable, angry or anxious, or start feeling tired and listless. Stress can also be the underlying cause of aching muscles, headaches, stomach problems, high blood pressure and palpitations……Click here to continue reading

Lead by example

It is important to ensure that on a company-wide level all possible actions are being taken to reduce work-related stress with improved work practices and management techniques. It is also important to take smaller, more immediate actions on a daily basis: encourage your staff to make small lifestyle changes and lead by example.

MeasureKnow your numbers

How many of your staff suffer with  stress and how stressed are they? find out with our free stress test cards email us on hello@therapysolutions.co.uk and we’ll send you some!

Invest in Wellbeing

Acknowledging stress and having positive attitudes towards it in the workplace ensures an open and positive response to it. It gives people ‘permission’ to be stressed.
All too often, employees are too afraid to mention the ‘S’ word in case it is treated as a sign of weakness. By taking the initiative, introducing a few simple ideas, and leading by example, you can start the attitude adjustment from the ground up. The advice may be obvious, and you may have heard it all before (excuse the pun) but it can’t be stressed enough!

 

 

What Colour is your workplace today? – The Blue Monday Challenge!

Today is designated Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year but the reality is that for many workplaces across the country the ‘colour’ employees feel in work today or any other day is set more by the company’s culture and environment than external influences. The good news is that it can be changed, so we’re setting a challenge for you.

The Challenge …

To change the colour in your workplace today.

What 3 actions, however small, can you take today that will change the mood of your staff from blue to yellow?

Then repeat…everyday!

 

 

 

Choosing The Right Christmas Reward – A Managers Checklist

 

  Choosing a reward that will please all your employees can be challenging, so we’ve put together a quick checklist for you to make choosing a reward simple and stress free

Getting it wrong can not only be a waste of your hard-earned budget, it can also end up being demotivating for your team.

1.Don’t leave booking until the last minute

It sounds obvious but the closer Christmas gets, inevitably the busier you will become and the less time you’ll have to do thorough research. The most popular rewards always book up quickly leaving limited availability so be first in the queue. You’ll be able to relax and have the peace of mind to enjoy the build up to the festive season knowing everything is in hand, not running around like a headless turkey

2. Cash isn’t always King

It’s great for a bonus, but never works as a reward

3. Gifts Vs. experiences

Everyone likes a gift but giving them a great experience wins hands down every time. It has a lasting impact, because everyone remembers how you made them feel.

4. Wow them!

Make it memorable. Surprise them with something unexpected and fun, give them a great experience they’ll still be talking about in the New Year. Christmas is about having a real treat, so make it something that will they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves.

5. Be consistent

Keep it in line with your overall company rewards or wellbeing programme, culture and values. Book something that doesn’t contradict your overall strategy. If you’ve been running a healthy eating campaign all year don’t book pizza and beer!

6. Use a specialist provider

This will ensure that everything is delivered to a professional standard without cutting corners. Choose a ‘done for you’ package; it’s important from a team building and morale point of view that you’re free to join in with the fun on the day. Bringing in a specialist provider will mean you won’t be tied up dealing with all the all the organisational details on the day, you’ll be able to kick back with everyone else and enjoy the day.

7. Suitable for all

Ensure it can be enjoyed by all of your employees regardless of any restrictions e.g. disability or religion.

8. Non disruptive

Pick something that’s not going to disrupt your company’s normal day to day functions – business as usual but with a twist!

 

Check the list to make sure your employees get the reward they truly deserve

 

3 ways to spot a Zombie in your office…and how to bring them back to life!

 

No Tricks, Just Treats

 

 1.  The “I’m not engaged” Zombie

Employees who feel undervalued will inevitably have low morale, leading to poor engagement levels. With 22%* of the workforce suffering with very low or low levels of morale, take the time to invest in employee engagement. The 5 Key Areas you need to focus on to improve engagement levels are:

  1. Reward and Recognition
  2. Leadership, Supervision and Culture
  3. Communication
  4. Environment
  5. Wellbeing

 

2. The “I’m stressed” Zombie

31%* of employees suffer with very high or high levels of stress, so it’s important to ensure that on a company-wide level all possible actions are being taken to reduce work-related stress – with improved work practices and management techniques. It is also important to take smaller, more immediate actions on a daily basis: encourage your staff to make small lifestyle changes and lead by example.

 

3. The “I’m aching, lousy posture” Zombie

Muscular aches and pains are one of biggest reasons for employees losing their zing. Typically, 37%* of performance is lost to muscular aches and pains. All too often these are caused by poor posture. Reducing neck, back, and shoulder pain not only reduces sickness absence, but also increases performance. Who works well when they’re in pain?

 

No tricks, just treatments…

The 3 biggest challenges that managers face on a daily basis are: poor employee engagement, high stress, and muscular aches and pains. By providing regular energising massage, all 3 can be treated in one go, reducing stress, muscular aches and pains, and making staff feel valued.

Of course, they could just be a real zombie…in which case, RUN! Run as fast as you can!

 

*Source: Therapy Solutions National Survey.

World Mental Health Awareness Day 2017

 

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The response to this year’s World Mental Health Day from companies shows the great changes there have been in the attitude towards mental health in the workplace. With the likes of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speaking out, it’s now becoming mainstream, and rapidly losing its taboo status.
Millions of employees are impacted by mental illness every year, but with 1 in 3 work sicknotes being mental health related it is still a massive challenge for employers. Stress has a massive financial and human cost on an organisation.
One positive way employers can improve mental health in the workplace is to identify any stress in their workplace and implement proactive wellbeing programmes to ensure stress levels are kept to a minimum.
How to spot high stress levels in your organisation
It’s in your attrition and sickness figures Stress is the biggest causes of sickness absence, under performance, low morale, increased litigation and ultimately high attrition levels. Start at the end and work backwards. High attrition figures are a sure sign of a stressful environment. Exit research data tells us that there is a discrepancy between the perceived reasons and the actual reasons people leave an organisation. When questioned, the majority of staff stated their main reasons for leaving as stress, yet it rarely makes the top five in employers’ surveys. Nothing starts a mass exodus like high stress levels.
Recognising stress The first thing a manager needs to do to reduce stress in the workplace is to recognise it from an organisational, as well as individual level. This includes knowing when and how it affects themselves because one thing is guaranteed … if you’re stressed it will have a knock-on effect.
Spot the symptoms Stress manifests itself in a variety of ways, but symptoms may include changes in behaviour… smoking or drinking more, being unable to sleep, a change in eating habits. Or you may become indecisive, lose concentration, become irritable, angry or anxious, or start feeling tired and listless. Stress can also be the underlying cause of aching muscles, headaches, stomach problems, high blood pressure and palpitations.
Lead by example It is important to ensure that on a company-wide level all possible actions are being taken to reduce work-related stress with improved work practices and management techniques. It is also important to take smaller, more immediate actions on a daily basis: encourage your staff to make small lifestyle changes and lead by example.
Invest in Wellbeing Acknowledging stress and having positive attitudes towards it in the workplace ensures an open and positive response to it. It gives people ‘permission’ to be stressed. All too often, employees are too afraid to mention the ‘S’ word in case it is treated as a sign of weakness. By taking the initiative, introducing a few simple ideas, and leading by example, you can start the attitude adjustment from the ground up. The advice may be obvious, and you may have heard it all before (excuse the pun) but it can’t be stressed enough!

 

 

 

5 cool tips for hot workers

With record-breaking temperatures this week, we’ve put together some cool tips for your staff to keep your workplace a hot head free zone this summer.

The top 5 cooling tips for hot workers

Our usual indicator of how hot we are is perspiration, but in very hot weather this trigger isn’t always reliable. The perspiration evaporates as quickly as it appears on the skin, leaving the skin

feeling dry. This can give a false indicator of how hot we really are, so be aware! If you are perspiring without realising, you will be losing vital fluids that are not being replaced.

1. Drink, drink, drink!

No, not alcohol, that will only dehydrate you more!

Drinking plenty of water while you work is always important, but vital in this heat. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty, as that means you’re already dehydrated. Dehydration is bad for your looks, health, and productivity, and causes many problems including dry skin, fatigue, headaches, nausea, muscle cramps, and increased heart rate. So keep hydrated and stay looking and feeling good.

2. Instant cool down

Run your wrists and hands under a cold tap for a few minutes. At this point, blood vessels are close to the surface of the skin, so it’s a quick way to cool your core temperature and cool the blood. You can also use ice if you have it!

3. Shut out the heat

Shut blinds, curtains and shutters first in the morning to prevent a greenhouse effect. Studies have found that covering windows can reduce heat entering the house by 80%. When it’s cooler, you can safely open them for ventilation.

4. Dress for the occasion

Wear lightweight, light-coloured clothes made from natural fibres such as cotton, linen, or silk, as synthetic fibres trap heat. Keep your head covered when you’re outside, and choose flat comfortable footwear – again, natural materials are better that synthetic! Choose loose fitting, open shoes or sandals with a little give in them, as your feet may swell.

5. Get unplugged

Turn off any appliances that are not being used. Phone chargers, computers, laptops, etc., and anything in a standby mode. It can reduce room temperature by at least one degree – and every little helps when its sweltering.

If, after all of these tips, you’re still hot, then eat ice cream. Lots and lots of ice cream!

Stay cool!

What’s Olympic Rowing Got To Do With Team Building?

What’s rowing a boat got to do with team building and motivation?

I was recently lucky enough to hear Olympian Ben Hunt Davies speak on how his team of 8 men became Olympic rowing gold medal winners by repeatedly asking themselves a simple question… “will it make the boat go faster?” by adopting the focus of this mantra their responses were just as simple.

If the answer was yes they did it, if it was no they didn’t. The degrees that they took this philosophy to even included attending the opening ceremony Ben and his team asked themselves ”Will spending 5 hrs marching around waving a flag in a hot stadium, missing scheduled meals when training for the biggest race of your life make the boat go faster?” The answer was No!…so they didn’t go, (they watched it on TV) Was it the right decision? Ben will tell you…“everyone else got the glory but we got the gold!”

To help you develop your teams focus to the same level on your goals
Ben has listed his 5 top Olympic winning team building strategies.

"Everyone else got the glory, but we got the gold!"

“Everyone else got the glory, but we got the gold!”

5 Olympic-winning strategies for harnessing the power within your team

1. Clarity of Goals
Ben and his crew were absolutely clear on their goal, making the boat go faster to achieve an Olympic gold, and they translated this into yearly, monthly and daily goals. How often in the corporate world do we have an ill-defined sense of where we’re going and how often is this confusion multiplied by different interpretations amongst managers and staff? When everyone signs up to a clear, compelling goal we can make sure every ounce of effort is directed in the same direction. Clear goals are like magnets, pulling teams together.

2. Strong Belief
They diarised belief building sessions in the same way they scheduled weights or endurance training. Why? Because they realised beliefs were just as important. There is a huge raft of evidence to show that strong belief breeds positive behaviours. The crew created a list of reasons why they were becoming a great team and why they would win, this might translate into a list of reasons why the product and service is fantastic, or why the sales target is achievable.

3. Controlling the Controllables
They focused purely on the things they could control and let go of factors that they could not. This meant, for example, not worrying about weather conditions. Even though the weather has a huge impact on rowing performance but it was completely outside their control. We could reap huge dividends if we focussed our attention in the workplace more stringently on only controlling the controllables.

4. Bouncebackability
A high jumper who fails at their first attempt needs to pull themselves together to nail the second attempt in a matter of minutes. Sport psychology pays significant attention on how to perform under pressure and bounce back from defeat. When disaster strikes do we get caught up in analysis paralysis or do we dust ourselves off and take that all important next step forward?

5. BS Filters
Ben and his crew had countless people telling them their dream was impossible. The crew learnt not to confuse other people’s negative opinions with facts.
If their detractors were annoying they used this as emotional rocket fuel to spur themselves on. It is a powerful lesson, treat fact as fact and opinion as opinion. They would never shied away from painful facts, but were careful to challenge unhelpful opinions. Sport is more than just a powerful metaphor for business. Many of the sporting philosophies that underpin Gold can be transferred directly into the workplace.

Ben has teamed up with corporate performance coach Harriet Beveridge to write the book “Will it make the boat go faster? Olympic-winning strategies for everyday success”