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     Health and well-being at work


           Reflexology in the workplace
            "A healthy workplace will bring employers and employees improved  productivity, lower rates of sickness absence and less illness”. 
                                                                     (NHS White Paper).
 
   Fact:
 
Did you know that the Institute of Personnel and Development says sickness leave is costing British Industry around £500 per employee ?
That's £13 billion a year!
                                      www.cipd.co.uk/subjects/health/stress/stress.htm
                           
corporate work reflexology cardiff stress managementPeter Matthews, International Stress Management Association, states that companies would be well advised to have in place
 
  • A 'Stress Management Policy' 
  • An 'Employee Stress Management Programme'
 
If not they could find themselves faced with a spate of legal claims for stress-related conditions, caused by stressful work environments.
                                                                                    www.manageyourstress.co.uk/worklegal.php

            The Problem 
  • Present day demands on business are putting employers and employees under a tremendous amount of pressure. 
  • In a MORI poll research, stress was cited as having a negative effect on the health of over a third of the working population (amounting to approximately 8.5 million people). 
  •  It is estimated that up to 75% of illness is stress-related. 
  • A recent report produced by the Institute of Management confirms that no less than 270,000 people take time off work every day due to stress-related illness. 
  • The estimated annual cost to the country, as stated above, is a staggering £13 billion.
                                            
              The effects of stress at work             
  • Substantially reduced efficiency and accuracy of work produced 
  • Reduced performance in physical tasks 
  • Negative effect on abstract planning, decision-making and creativity 
  • Tiredness and irritability 
  • Weakening of the immune system and the development of physical illness
 
 
       How can Complementary Therapies benefit your
       Company?
  • Approximately 360 million working days are lost in the uk every year at a cost of £8 billion, and half of these absences are stress related. 
  • Many companies are now recognising the need for a 'stress management policy' and an 'employee stress management programme'. 
  • Some businesses in this, and other countries now involve Complementary therapists in the maintenance of well being amongst their workforce, yielding some impressive results.
 
 
        Success Stories 
  • Odense Post Office in Denmark have employed full time Reflexologists since 1990 and report savings around £100,000 a year due to a 13.3% reduction in sickness and absenteeism. 
  • SAS Cargo estimate a financial saving of £2000 a month when employees receive Reflexology. 
  • Ishoj Municipal Health Department recorded 2,499 fewer sick hours over a 6 month period in which employees received Reflexology, giving a saving of £21,490 
  • Fonss and Hove, Solicitors in Kolding, found that employees receiving treatment showed greater motivation and enhanced working ability. After a 4 year period, the need for treatments declined because of minimal sickness and absenteeism 
  • Companies in the UK are now beginning to follow suit by offering Reflexology and other holistic therapies to their staff. 
  • These organisations include -: multi-nationals; city councils; oil companies; football teams; Entertainment venues; supermarket chains and department stores; computer firms; a dance company; a fire station; schools;  hospitals and many small businesses.

 
            Other benefits may include:- 
  • Enhanced concentration, efficiency and accuracy. 
  • Improved creativity, planning and decision making. 
  • The ability of staff to cope more effectively under pressure. 
  • Provides Quality "TIME OUT" so that work/life Balance can be Reassessed 
  • Speedy recovery and return to work after illness, accident or surgery etc. 
  • Enhanced staff resilience and resistance to infection and disease. 
  • Increased morale, satisfaction and loyalty of employees 
  • Improved relationships amongst staff and between staff and management 
  • May provide pain relief for stress-related conditions, such as headaches, migraine etc
 
  How can Complementary therapies be used in your organisation?
              Options include :- 
  • Treatment could be offered in the workplace.
  • Well being days  
  • Subsidised treatment offered to the workforce. 
  • Working times made flexible so that employees can attend during working hours. 
  • By simply increasing employees' awareness of the benefits of Comp Therapies. 
  • By running Stress Busting workshops during lunch hours, at the end of the day or even at weekends. 
  • By providing introductory courses where employees can learn how to give each other treatments.
 
            Prices 
  • The corporate rate  is £30 per hour per therapist. We can be flexible with the number of clients we treat during an hour, usually 4 x 15 min or 3 x 20 min treatments, depending on the customer requirements. 
  •  There would also be a  travel cost if outside of Cardiff. 
  • I will bring a reclining therapy chair, relaxing music, cleansing wipes and reflexology cream and only need 15 mins before the event to set up. 
  • There will also be leaflets and information available for people to read and take away with them. I also provide advice and feedback during or after the treatment which our clients find very useful. 
  • I will require a brief disclaimer form to be completed by each person before I continue with a treatment. This only take a few minutes so can be done on the day.
 
                                      Contact me to discuss these or any other options.

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