Using Massage Chairs in Corporate Wellness Programs

September 07, 2017

You may be considering a corporate wellness program, or perhaps you've already implemented one. If so, have you considered incorporating massage chairs into that program? With so many options available, you may be wondering, Why massage chairs over other health offerings? Discover how Infinity Massage Chairs are the perfect way to start or round out the wellness offerings at your organization.

Corporate Massage Chairs Improve:

  • Engagement: Glassdoor's 2015 Employment Confidence Survey found that 79% of respondents said they would prefer additional perks and benefits over a pay raise. In particular, the 2016 Aflac Open Enrollment Survey found that 89% of millennials who are satisfied with their benefits package report high job satisfaction, compared to only 27% who are "not" or "not very" satisfied with their benefits.
  • Recruitment: A study featured in the renowned corporate philosophy book, First, Break All The Rules, found that 60% of employees reported that benefits and perks are a major factor when appraising job offers. This is even more true for the upcoming workforce of millennials, as 72% have reported they are more likely to take a job with better benefits over a job with better pay, as discovered in the 2016 Aflac Open Enrollment Survey.
  • Performance: The University of Miami School of Medicine discovered in a study that 15 minutes in a massage chair enhances measurable EEG brain activity in adults. In addition to changes in the brain scans, these adults performed more quickly and accurately in mathematical testing after receiving the massage, while groups without massage showed no improvements. This means regular massage can likely enhance employees' mental capacity to grow their skills and learn new responsibilities.

Corporate Massage Chairs Decrease:

  • Turnover: Four years after implementing a wellness program, the Biltmore Tourism Enterprise experienced a drop from 19% turnover to just 9%. Their director of benefits and compensation has stated, "Employees who participate in our wellness programs do not leave." In general, organizations that engage employees with wellness benefits, such as in-office massage chairs, have turnover rates 44% lower than average, as discovered in a study in First, Break All The Rules.
  • Healthcare Costs: The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center analyzed blood samples of individuals before and after massage, and found a large increase in white blood cells, a major part of the immune system that fights disease. In addition, there were chemical indicators of improved mental health, including higher levels of dopamine and serotonin, the hormones that increase happiness, and lower levels of cortisol, the primary stress hormone.
  • Work Injuries: The Financial Times reported that a company in Ontario, Canada, experienced a decrease of $200,000 in worker's compensation claims and 25% in time off for work-related injuries after implementing a massage program. The Group Health Research Institute found that massage recipients with chronic back pain (the most common area for workplace strain or injury) were more active, spent fewer days in bed, and used less pain medication than those who did not receive massage treatment.

Infinity Massage Chairs have helped many people of all lifestyles improve their physical and mental well-being. We now also partner with progressive companies to bring our chairs to the workplace and make massage more accessible to an even larger audience. This feedback from a few employees at one of our recent clients, Interior Architects, located in Boston, MA, perfectly sums it up:

Yay! I've loved using it—maybe once a week. It's super effective and the perfect little pick-me-up!
Yay. Every [darn] day.
YAY, EVERY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In addition, we tell clients to swing by an extra 15 minutes early if they want to duck into our wellness room. It has truly been well-used and is a perfect place for a conference call!

Big thanks to IA for sharing these kind words, and for spreading the massage chair love to their very own clients! If you're ready to take your company to the next level with a corporate massage chair program, contact Director of Corporate & Institutional Sales, Dave Laidman, at 603-910-5258 or to discuss your options today. Dave will be happy to help you find the best office massage chair to fit your organization!

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