Taking the hump out of Wednesday

This week we decided to give the team a helping hand, or rather a massaging one, to help us get over the proverbial hill that is hump day; Wednesday.

And while the massage itself only lasted 20 minutes, we hope that the benefits of this activity will last a lot longer. Indeed, looking at research around office massage, several benefits are evidenced; including reduced stress, anxiety, tension and even blood pressure.

For any PR agency, their main asset is their staff. Here at Target we appreciate that only too well and are committed to ensuring that our bright and enthusiastic team are engaged and want to keep working here. As well as, of course, attracting likeminded individuals when it comes to recruitment.

Developing and nurturing the right culture is intrinsically linked to engagement and something that Sarah and I are passionate about – and thanks to our experiences through the LEAD leadership development programme delivered by QuoLux – is an area that we are continuously monitoring too.

But perhaps something that’s less discussed is the relationship between wellbeing and engagement. A wellbeing group chaired by Wendy Cartwright, former HR director of the Olympic Delivery Authority, (HR Magazine), revealed significant links between wellbeing and engagement. The findings showed that when organisations put a lot of effort into improving employee engagement, it results in more motivated people who get a sense of accomplishment at work. Typically, these people have higher levels of personal wellbeing.

As a ‘fan’ of wellbeing myself, dabbling with yoga, pilates and mindfulness, I appreciate the benefits that it can bring, and so looked to see how we could incorporate this at work. We already offer free gym membership, are advocates of taking a lunch break and monitor our wellbeing through a monthly survey – but I hedged my bets that a session of downward dog would be a stretch too far, so to speak!

And so, after research and advice from Return to Glory, we agreed on office massage. With easy setup, no mess or fuss, each member of the team was treated to 20 minutes of relaxing (fully clothed) massage. And although we haven’t measured any specific outcomes as a result of the exercise, the immediate feedback was positive – supported by our serene dispositions and gentle hush across the office.

And no, that wasn’t because we’d all nodded off!

Sam Kandiyali