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American Institute of Stress states that an estimated 1 million workers are absent every day due to stress. Repetitive musculoskeletal injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome have become the nation’s leading workplace health cost and account for almost a third of all workers’ compensation awards. Massage has been shown to help in reducing these kinds of injuries, leading to reduced absenteeism, fewer workers’ compensation claims, and less cost to employers.American Institute of Stress www.stress.org “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Reaching Epidemic Proportions” (Jan 18, 2005) © Medical News Today
Burt Abrams of B.J. Abrams & Associates, an executive recruiting firm in suburban Chicago has offered his employees chair massage over the past several years. “It is a benefit for stress relief, and it feels good,” he says. “It is a benefit that doesn’t cost a whole lot of money, and it gets a lot of good will from your employees.”
An article in the Financial Times trumpets the benefits that companies can reap by offering massage therapy to employees. The article claims a company in Ontario, Canada, reported a 25 percent decrease in time off for work-related injuries, and a $200,000 decrease in compensation claims after it implemented a massage therapy program.
In ascertaining whether corporate massage is beneficial to employees it is best to let the figures speak. After a year-long research study performed at 3M in Austin, Texas, the results of the survey were:
- 99% of the employees indicated muscular release
- 99.7% believed that corporate massage should be accessible to all employees
- 91.8% planned to continue the massage
- 79.5% agreed that corporate massage is an on-site necessity in the workplace
- 91.9% indicated enhanced well-being
- 88.9% indicated reduction in stress
“Improving workplace productivity and corporate culture: perceptions and experiences of the effects of workplace massage”, Deborah Nicola Lane“, Submitted to satisfy the requirement for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Victoria University 2013.
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