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We wanted to take a few minutes to tell you guys about the great time we had in Chicago at the SHRM Annual Conference and Exhibit. Our second time at this event, we were still surprised by the sheer volume. Several thousand Human Resource professionals filled the McCormick Place’s over two and a half million square feet of space. For rows and rows and what seemed like miles and miles booths stretched out with people demonstrating all the latest in how to manage every company’s most valuable resource, its workforce.
Tote bags and orange cotton candy spread like wild fire, just some of the many marketing gimmicks used to attract people to booths. Friendly voices came from every direction excited to tell anyone listening about the incredible services the presenter’s company could provide. Although the tone of the event was professional there was an undeniable air of fun in the room.
But what really made the event memorable was the people. Volunteers were on their feet for hours rushing from booth to booth making sure everyone had what they needed and were content. With so many individuals with such varied needs it was a Herculean task. It’s a true testament to their effort that the event ran so smoothly.
That’s where Massage At Work fit in, providing massages to the volunteers to reward those efforts. During our time at the event we massaged around 200 people spreading relaxation and good will each time.
We also had our own booth and it was satisfying to interact with prospective clients, spread our message, and see the looks of joy on their faces as their worries melted away. Benefits Managers, Interns, HR Coordinators all enjoyed the healing power of touch. It’s very gratifying to see such immediate and positive reaction to the work we do.
It was also a learning experience. With hundreds of booths, exhibits, and talks you can’t help but learn and when everyone is striving towards similar goals you can’t help but be inspired. As a company we definitely took away more than just contacts we also took away practical advice on how we can improve and how others are improving.
All in all it was an exciting trip that really exemplifies what Massage at Work strives to do, spreading wellness at the workplace and making it a more stress free and productive environment. We really enjoyed our time there and already have made our plans to attend again next year.
The Massage At Work Team
The Wonderful MAW Team