Workplace stress is at near-record highs across the country, and that stress is taking a toll on employee health and productivity. Many companies are looking for innovative employee stress management programs—and treating workers to a float therapy session may be just the ticket.
The Costs of Work-Related Stress
Stress on the job is nothing new, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. Studies and surveys have shown that employees who report high stress levels also report lower engagement, lower productivity, and higher absenteeism (missing work) than those who report less stress. Some estimates suggest that workplace stress costs the American economy $300 billion a year in healthcare, absenteeism, and poor performance.
How to Reduce Workplace Stress
Experts recommend reducing workplace stress through tactics like encouraging breaks, improving communication, and introducing flexible workdays or telecommuting. Another popular route is providing perks like free lunches or breakfasts, or sponsoring employee outings to help improve morale.
Take it one step further: consider giving employees the best of both worlds with a workplace wellness day at our floatation therapy center. Float therapy has a proven track record of reducing stress, and treating your team to a float has the added bonus of conveying appreciation for their hard work. Much like massages—another popular office stress-relief perk—there are both physical and emotional benefits to be reaped from floatation therapy.
How Floating Reduces Stress
Floating is uniquely suited to reducing stress for a few reasons. First, it makes it impossible not to unplug, because smartphones don’t work well in salt water! Especially for employees used to being constantly available, spending time in the float tank may be a much-needed break from email and online activity (sponsored by their bosses, no less). Second, floating may actually reduce the brain activity commonly associated with stress, reducing the transmission of cortisol and lowering blood pressure.
Finally, floating can promote better sleep, enhance meditation practice, reduce chronic pain, and improve creativity and learning…all of which lead to lower levels of stress.
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