Corporate Wellbeing Solutions for R U OK? Day and Beyond

R U OK Day

R U OK? Day is fast approaching, falling on Thursday 14 September, 2023. More than a simple question, R U Ok? Day is a movement that encourages us to connect with others and prioritise mental well-being all year round.   

Many businesses and organisations look to Corporate Wellness Solutions as a measure to reduce and manage stress in the workplace as part of their R U Ok? Day agendas. Absolutely Corporate provides a suite of in-office services tailored to meet the unique needs of your team that provide real and tangible benefits to all involved. 

While these one-off services are certainly helpful and highly appreciated by staff, many businesses now understand the long-term benefits of regularly scheduled corporate wellbeing services. 

This blog post explores how our services align with the values of R U OK? Day and provides actionable insights to help team leaders look after their most important assets; their people.

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Why wellbeing at work is an everyday endeavour

The challenges of stress and burnout are escalating, with studies indicating that occupational stress is a leading contributing factor. Additionally, mental health disorders are more widespread than commonly acknowledged, with an estimated 45% of Australians likely to face a mental health condition during their lifetime.

The majority of employees will manage their mental health effectively without it affecting their professional lives. however, a detrimental work atmosphere or a specific incident at work can induce significant stress, worsening or even instigating mental health issues.

The repercussions of stress in the workplace are not only deeply concerning on a human level but also carry substantial financial consequences. It is estimated that in Australia;

  • 3.2 days per worker are lost each year through workplace stress
  • 25% of workers take time off each year for stress-related reasons
  • Stress-related workers’ compensation claims are costing over $10 billion each year 
  • Collectively, Aussie businesses lose over $6.5 billion each year by failing to provide early intervention/treatment for employees with mental health conditions.

The financial and human toll of overlooking these issues far outweighs the investment required to address them. As a result, an increasing number of companies are recognising the tangible advantages and convenience of workplace wellbeing services. They understand that nurturing human resources through proper care and support is not just a moral obligation but a strategic business decision that pays dividends in productivity, morale, and overall organisational health.

4 solutions to promote workplace wellbeing for R U OK? Day and Beyond

Corporate Massage

Corporate massage is a highly cost-effective and convenient service that provides both mental relaxation and physical relief for participants. Corporate massage services are available in three variants;

  • Roving Massage – Team members stay at their desks while our experienced practitioners make their way around to each participant. Each participant will take a short break at their workstation, receiving a blissful 5 – 10 minute neck, and shoulder massage. Roving massage makes an ideal wellbeing boost for larger groups in the office, requires no equipment and creates minimal disruption to your team’s work.
  • Seated Massage – Our experienced massage therapists use our specialised ergonomic massage chairs to provide 10, 15, or 20 minutes of neck, shoulder, back, and arm massage for each participant. Seated massage requires minimal setup space (just 1m x 1.5m), making it a convenient option for the workplace. However, for maximum relaxation, we recommend setting up in a quiet area of the office or in a conference room. 
  • Table Massage – Our experienced massage therapists will bring a full-size massage table to your office, providing 20, 30, 45 or 60-minute sessions of remedial massage, shiatsu, and trigger point therapy for the neck, shoulders, back, arms and legs per person. Your employees will remain fully clothed and no messy oils are necessary.

Workplace Yoga

Yoga is well known for its ability to reduce and relieve stress and increase focus. Yoga has the added benefit of stretching areas of tension, such as rounded shoulders, sore necks, aching backs, and tight hamstrings which are all too common in the modern office environment. 

Suitable for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced participants, corporate yoga programs can incorporate 10-minute Seated Yoga classes at workstations or extended 45-minute yoga sessions in a quiet environment like a board or meeting room.

Office Meditation and Mindfulness

Office meditation and mindfulness classes are designed to help employees relax and focus, promoting stress reduction, improved concentration, and enhanced creativity. These techniques train the mind to be more focused, clear, and connected, providing practical tools for injecting harmony and energy into the workplace.

Participants will learn how to deal with difficult emotions, use breathing techniques to develop concentration and confidence and apply mindfulness to their daily routines in 50-minute on-site classes. Classes can be held at a time that suits your employees and workplace, whether it’s before work, during lunch, or after work. 

Stress Management Workshops

On-site workplace stress management programs offer skills-based classes designed to equip your team with practical self-management strategies for minimising stress and maximising performance. 

These workshops provide training in stress management techniques, including how to recognise stress symptoms before they become an issue, how to use stress reduction techniques while working, how to think more clearly, how to stay calm under pressure, and how to get more done in less time.

Summary

R U OK? Day is an important event for raising awareness around mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and in our wider community. Managing these issues and the impacts they have on our teams and businesses requires constant vigilance and effective planning by management and team leaders.

By entrusting part of this process to an experienced corporate wellbeing services provider like Absolutely Corporate, businesses and organisations can ensure their people are receiving highly effective stress relief and management services from trained and accredited professionals.

Reach out to us for a free quote on customised workplace wellbeing services for your organisation on a schedule that meets your needs and budget.

Absolutely Corporate director, Beata Steiner

Author - Beata Steiner

Beata Steiner is a passionate advocate of corporate health and wellbeing programs with over two decades of experience in the workplace wellness industry. Beata is the director of Absolutely Corporate and holds qualifications in Shiatsu, Zen Shiatsu, Reflexology, Chinese Reflexology, Qigong massage, and Indian head and shoulder massage.

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