Stress in the Workplace
  • Levelfooting has been successfully treating employees at Virgin Media and the Internet Advertising Bureau who have witnessed a direct impact on
  • staff morale, health and motivation.

Their experiences are backed up by studies showing that giving regular reflexology reduces work absence, improves morale and productivity by reducing anxiety and stress as well as lessening neck, back and shoulder pain.

Whether you want to simply reward a particular set of staff or if you’re expanding your health benefits programme, reflexology can be highly beneficial for your business and for your employees.
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For workplace reflexology, you don’t need to provide any special equipment except a quiet room. We can treat employees at convenient times to suit your business.

The costs
The lastest CBI reports that the annual cost of absence from work to UK industry is £13.2 billion.

Long term absence (20 days or more) continued to be a serious concern, although only 5% of the total absence spells became long-term, they accounted for 40% of all the time lost, costing £5.3bn.

"Promoting and maintaining health, safety and well being at work is not a fad - it makes sound business sense. I believe that employers that instigate change now will reap long term benefits for their productivity, their people and their community," said the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

Domino Effect
" Many organisations are starting to realise the impact of stress on employees and business but many may be surprised to find out that it can be contagious" says Accenture's Colin Patterson.

Stress can spread through an office very quickly. The workloads of absent employees are often redistributed among the team, leading to more pressure, which again tends to result in stress related illnesses. Processes therefore need to be in place to prevent stress before the effects are multiplied.

Workplace atmosphere and environment can have a direct impact on employee satisfaction, but it also affects the bottom-line. When stress spreads in an organisation, the behavioural changes that result - including increased absenteeism, lack of motivation, high staff turnover, low productivity and workplace accidents - are a warning that there are larger issues to deal with.

Published Research
The following are extracts of some of the published research undertaken by the Danish Reflexology Association in relation to workplace stress. For more research see in the workplace.

Study 1-
A reflexologist was hired by a Scandinavian airline's cargo department to improve staff morale and reduce sick leave for its 60 employees, resulting in monthly savings of US$3,300. This is what their employees said:
“Our work is done through computers and people spending many hours in a chair doing their work, resulting in aching shoulders and back. Since we employed our reflexologist we have experienced a substantial decrease of people being ill and away from work. It has had a physical and psychological effect. There is a much better atmosphere in the department, because the employees feel there is something being done about their problems. Before staff used to stay at home, now we see them go to work anyway because they know they can get a treatment and feel better.”

Study 2-
The Odense Postal District employed a reflexologist for 3 years to deal with employee stress. Two hundred and thirty five employees participated resulting in a 25% fall in sick leave, saving £110,000 and 170 employees reported a good impact on their health.

Study 3-
A reflexologist was employed for 6 months. 52 employees (all women) were treated for various ailments.
  • Sick leave fell by 65.9%
  • 97.5% had a positive effect on their primary problem
  • 77.5% had a positive effect on their secondary problem
  • They had a 27.5% reduction in medication

Study 4-
Telecom Taastrup hired a reflexologist 3 days a week for its 800 employees. 156 employees participated in the survey and received 1056 treatments in the year. 60% of problems were for back pain/muscle tension, headache/migraine, stomach/intestinal problems. The others had problems relating to movement. The survey results were as follows:
  • 40% reduction in the number of sick days
  • 56% indicated that reflexology had helped
  • 29% indicated that reflexology had partially helped
  • 15% did not help
It was concluded that there was a direct economic benefit (due to lower sick days) as well as increased well being and productivity of the employees.

Symptoms of work-related stress
Physical symptoms include
  • Increased susceptibility to colds and other infections
  • Headaches
  • Muscular tension
  • Back-ache and neck-ache
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Digestive problems
  • Raised heart rate
  • Increased sweating
  • Lower sex drive
  • Skin rashes
  • Blurred vision
Emotional and Behavioural Changes
  • Wanting to cry much of the time
  • Feeling like you can't cope
  • Short tempered at work and at home
  • Feeling that you have achieved nothing at the end of the day
  • Eating when you are not hungry
  • Losing your appetite
  • Smoking and drinking to get you through the day
  • Inability to plan, concentrate and control work
  • Getting less work done
  • Poor relations with colleagues or clients
  • loss of motivation and commitment
As per BUPA's factsheet produced in May 2004