The key to healthy posture lies in understanding and developing an awareness of your body. Most days employees will be sitting at computer screens, standing and/or lifting. Many will develop postural habits resulting in muscle imbalance and eventually pain.
Tina has developed a corporate program to provide your staff with the appropriate education needed to understand posture; how it can contribute to tightness or pain within your body, and more importantly, how to correct it.
Movement is a necessity in peoples’ lives due to the sedentary nature of many of our work environments and lifestyles. Pilates in the workplace is an excellent way to help you and your employees benefit from movement.
To gain the most benefit, your staff will have the opportunity to participate in one or two weekly Pilates sessions.
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Improving workplace health and productivity
Key Statistics from Community Business’ State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong Survey 2008
- Average number of working hours in Hong Kong is 48.8 hours – 22% higher than recommended by International Labour Organisation (ILO).
- 72.5% of employees spend less than 2 hours per day on personal or private activities.
- Over 60% of employees state that they are suffering from prolongued fatigue and extreme
tiredness due to poor work-life balance.
- 49.3% say they have no time for their partner and family.
- The percentage of employees who report that their productivity and work quality has
reduced dramatically due to long working hours has risen significantly from 32.8% in 2007
to 37.7% in 2008.
- Leaders’ attitude as a work-life balance challenge for employees has increased steadily over
the last three years (2006: 8.0%; 2007:8.7%; 2008: 13.3%).
- Employees say that a 5-day working week, more annual leave and career breaks are the top
three initiatives that would most help them with work-life balance.
- Almost one third of employees in Hong Kong would consider leaving their current job for
better work-life balance elsewhere and over 20% would consider leaving Hong Kong for the same reason.
Why introduce Squeezu Pilates to your workplace for work-life balance?
1. Enhance reputation
- Socially responsible employer: companies that treat their employees with respect and ensure a favourable working environment are respected by the wider community.
- Employer of choice: potential employees want to work for companies that have attractive work-life balance policies and are more likely to show loyalty to companies that provide these.
- Attract and retain staff
- More and more employees – and not just the younger generation (Gen.Y), but mature workers too, are looking for work-life balance. Research shows that increasingly such benefits are valued as much as, or more highly than financial remuneration.
- Companies that offer work-life balance options are better able to retain staff who might otherwise consider leaving if the environment is too stressful or inflexible.
- Alarmingly, 33% of employees in our most recent survey said they would consider leaving their current job for better work-life balance elsewhere, whilst over 20% in the 2007 survey said they would consider leaving Hong Kong for the same reason.
2. Increase productivity
- Employees who are less overworked and stressed produce a higher quality of work and make fewer mistakes.
- Employees who are encouraged to consider their personal wellbeing take less time off due to sickness and poor health.
3. Raise morale
- Work arrangements that respect the individual needs of employees and give a greater degree of control over when and how work is done leads to raised morale and increased loyalty.
- Work-life balance initiatives that facilitate social interaction between employees boost morale and team spirit.
4. Manage costs
- Flexible work arrangements (such as home working) can reduce office overheads, save office space and cut down on travel costs.
- A healthier, less stressed work-force means less costs associated with health-care and absenteeism.
- Recruitment and training costs can be reduced through improved staff retention.