“Did you know that the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion has defined workplace health promotion as the ”combined efforts of employers, employees and society to improve the health and well-being of people at work”? According to the National Workplace wellbeing organisation Ireland introducing mindfulness and wellness activities have huge positive result in the workplace including reduced stress, reduced absenteeism and improved morale to name just a few.

In PLANIT we are always looking for ways to bring our staff together and create a great atmosphere in the office. An initiative that we have just started and will continue to do during the year is our very own wellness day in the office. Having it in the office means that everyone will be able to attend and that the staff can still be productive around the activities.

We started off the day with a team breakfast in our conference area to start the day right. We had a selection of pastries, fruit skewers and freshly brewed coffee supplied by The Gourmet Food Parlour and a selection of fruit smoothies and juices.

Following on from our breakfast the lovely masseuse Wendy from Stress Less arrived to treat the team to half hour massages neck and shoulder massages. The great thing about this is it can be done in the office and the masseuse can bring all the equipment needed. Stress less mention that “Corporate chair massages have been proven to significantly relieve stress as well as helping to prevent work-related disorders such as Repetitive Strain Injury, reducing absenteeism and healthcare costs, while also improving employee morale, increasing productivity and efficiency and creating a more positive work environment”.

To finish off the day we had a selection of healthy gourmet sandwiches and wraps, vegetable soup also supplied for The Gourmet Food Parlour for lunch.

Overall the feedback from staff was very positive and one very important aspect of this wellness day was for staff to sit, bond and catch up. The office can get extremely busy with deadlines, events and deliveries and with one to two of the staff being out of the office daily doing these jobs it was treat to have everyone all together.