Stress and poor health in the workplace is a growing concern for employees and employers in Australia. However in recent years the world of corporate wellness has reached a turning point with employers re-evaluating their approach to employee wellness, engagement, retention, results and return on investment.
Research undertaken into the health of employees by Medibank Private in 2005 showed that healthy employees are nearly three times more productive than unhealthy employees, with poor employee health and absenteeism costing Australian business $7 billion annually.
The Power Plate® FitStop™ concept is simple and affordable. Taking time out on the Power Plate machine a few times a day will improve circulation, better posture, boost concentration and enhance productivity. Introducing our quick, three minute series of stretches on the Power Plate machine provides employees with a break from their desk and a chance to revitalise themselves during the work day.
Power Plate equipment takes up a small amount of room and can be set up in any common area. The Power Plate concept is based on vibration training where vibrations are transferred throughout the body, stimulating the muscles and increasing circulation while performing the stretches. These stretches are designed to release tension in the lower back, improve mobility, reduce stiffness and re-energise the body and mind. Best of all, these positive results can be obtained without having to leave the office.
Power Plate machines are arranged behind a number of privacy screens with graphic vinyls communicating the correct exercises, benefits, and how to get started. The Power Plate machine itself is operated by a helpful touch screen with workouts preloaded for ease of use by the employee. Power Plate programs are easy to follow and can be performed in normal work wear.
The Power Plate concept is simple and easy to use. Employers who invest wisely in staff wellbeing will cultivate a positive environment where everyone benefits.
Wellness in Action – Sainsbury’s UK
The FitStop pilot, managed by Power Plate, was run at Sainsbury’s Coventry office. It encouraged employees to perform a 3 minute series of stretches on a PP training machine during their work day. Around 85 employees received a FS induction, with a random sampling of 41 staff completing a bi-monthly questionnaire during the six month pilot. Results include:
- 37% decrease in the number of employees who spent more than 7 hours per day sedentary
- 67% decrease in those that felt unable to cope with workloads due to stress
- 70% increase in the number of employees who did not take any sick days during the final 3 months of the trial
- Almost 90% said they noticed increased energy levels and productivity as a result of the pilot
“Feedback from employees was fantastic, with staff using the machine daily to perform various stretches and for longer workouts before and after work. It proved to be a convenient way for staff to re-energise during the working day. A number of our staff reported an increase in productivity, reduction in stress and improved circulation as a result.” – Tracy Thornton, HR Service Implementation Manager at Sainsbury’s.