With autumn now upon us and winter fast approaching, it’s the season where businesses experience increased levels of staff absences from dreaded coughs and colds. This not only impacts on the business financially but often results in a decline in productivity as well as service levels experienced by clients.
In a world where health and wellbeing is at the forefront of people’s minds, which will only become a more important part of employees lives, it’s important that employers start to embrace this mindset within the office environment and as part of company’s employee strategy. Especially when considering the amount of time spent in the office (on average 1,600 hours each year).
Aromatherapy can be a great tool for improving physical and mental health and employers shouldn’t be quick to dismiss it. It can be hugely beneficial to both businesses and employees of all sizes and industries, creating a more productive environment which encourages focus and boosts employees moods. It is also a great way to purify the air from germs which circulate and can often spread quickly through air conditioning systems, helping to prevent illness.
The bottom line
Here are 5 key benefits employers and employees can experience from different essential oils in the workplace.
1. Increased productivity and concentration
Essential oil: Rosemary
How it benefits the office: Uplifting and stimulating effects on the mind and memory. Ideal for an office environment where deep concentration is a necessity.
2. Improved decision making
Essential oil: Clove or Lavender
How it benefits the office: Their calming properties help to prevent tension and stress. Useful for potentially stressful situations such as presentation anxiety and in preventing headaches and migraines from escalating.
3. Idea generation
Essential oil: Lemongrass
How it benefits the office: Citrus oils are renowned for their uplifting properties, it allows you to find mental clarity. Great in promoting open-mindedness and blue sky thinking.
4. Reduced illness
Essential oil: Bergamot
How it benefits the office: Great for allergy sufferers and also a good way to boost immune systems helping keep those colds at bay.
5. Boost in team morale
Essential oil: Geranium
How it benefits the office: Mood lifting properties can make the office a more inviting place.
Tried and tested
We have put this to the test for you! As part of our wellbeing strategy, we have been trialling aromatherapy in the office and have seen positive results, with no sickness absences and a happier, less stressed and more productive team.