The idea of a workplace wellness program seemed odd. As a business of one, I don't have a traditional wellness program. Looking at the main reasons companies implement these programs (improved morale, decreased sick leave, increased productivity) I realized that my personal wellness program is my company's wellness program. While workplace wellness is important for businesses of all sizes, for solopreneurs and small companies it is essential. If I am out sick or injured, my business comes to a halt. After changing my mental approach, I recognized that there are quite a few things that I do that make Connective Touch Therapeutic Massage a healthy workplace.
The Physical Location
The proximity to the W&OD trail and neighborhood pedestrian paths, along with access to nearby locker room/shower facilities were big factors in choosing my current location. I can ride my bike to the office a couple days a week, which not only promotes my physical health, but also allows me to leave my car at home. With the access to locker/shower facilities, I am able to be flexible with my schedule and incorporate wellness activities into my work day.
It makes a big difference having a small kitchenette (basically a closet with a small refrigerator and microwave oven) for meal storage and prep. I am able to bring fresh and healthy meals and snacks from home, which not only saves me money, but reduces the likelihood of a high calorie/low quality fast food run at lunch time. I also have a water cooler and a coffee/tea station with a variety of low or no caffeine options as well as natural and low calorie sweeteners.
I only use all natural massage lotions and oils without synthetic additives, fragrances or preservatives. I wash my linens in natural plant based detergents with no synthetic fragrances or dyes. The surfaces in the office are cleaned with plant based cleansers and products made with pure essential oils. Essential oils are diffused using ionic mist which, along with live plants that are located throughout the space improve the air quality.
I don't have a Human Resources department to put on health fairs or publish a wellness newsletter. But my health insurance company and my doctor have "health portals" which provide a wealth of preventative health information. I use a wearable activity tracker that allows me to download my daily activity into an app which also tracks food and water intake. I can also link up with other users of the app all over the world and engage in virtual wellness challenges.
These are just a few examples of the components of Connective Touch Therapeutic Massage's workplace wellness program. But it shows that even a small, self-employed business of one can have a meaningful and beneficial workplace wellness program without breaking the bank. Next year I'm going for GOLD!
By Meaghan Maillet of Connective Touch