Thinking of surprising your people with Corporate Massage?

Don't. There's good reason to let them in on it. Here's why.

Who me?
Who me?! Pic : Gary Bendig

Is there ever a bad time for Corporate Massage? We have to admit there might just be!

For many years, too many Seated Massage clients have elected to surprise their people and sometimes their clients, with a Corporate Massage session. I say too many because in fact, there shouldn’t be any to list.

Ultimately these visits don’t impact the way clients have wished and expected for the most part. Sad but true.

Yet it’s all done with the best of intentions.

They truly wish to do something lovely for their people. They want them to know their hard yards done are being recognised and rewarded. And this is the archetypical purpose for the use of Corporate Massage.

Where they fall down is with the surprise element. It’s our experience that there are better applications for  well-intentioned surprises at work – like a cake.

Our experience woth many clients feeding back to us, is that up to half their people, those they expected to jump at the chance to have even just a 10 minute massage, chose not to, citing they “didn’t have the time”.

However upon further investigation, we’ve found the real culprit: The absence of Positive Anticipation.

Great things happen when you include your people in your decision to have Corporate Massage in your workplace.

When the die has been cast and your people or your clients know (because you’ve told them) that massage is on it’s way, in a week, a fortnight or even in a month they start to get very excited.

The immediate response is people visibly shifting in their seats. They sit up straighter, they chatter amongst themselves about it. They ask each other “are you going to have one? I am!”. They add it to their diaries. Some check daily, counting down the days until the visit!

Neuropeptides in their brain start to release as a result, helping them feel more engaged with their tasks, their employer and specifically with those around them. There is an appreciable shift in the mood in the office.

In short they feel great! Positive Anticipation cannot help but initiate this.

However, none of this happens if a corporate massage visit arrives, in their eyes at least, out of the blue.

The ultimate result of unannounced visits are half-baked results for you and very often the less than impressed intended recipients … (“Why didn’t you tell me!”)

So the next time you want to surprise your people in the office, go get a cake or three. When you want to  affect your workplace culture in a longer lasting way, get in touch with us. Because that’s what we do with and for our clients.