By Urvi Aradhya *
“Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.”
– Hillary Clinton, American Politician
The concept of wellness at work has become a priority for organizations especially when it comes to the overall wellbeing of an employee. An average human being spends a large portion of their adult life at work. Sometimes one tends to get entwined with the burden of their professional and personal lives. The hustle of the corporate world leads to increased stress levels which cause an imbalance in work and life activities.
Keeping this in mind, many companies have now grown sensitive towards creating a favourable environment for their employees and are keen on promoting their welfare. This is done by incorporating health and wellness benefits in the company policy, required infrastructure and hygiene systems alongside appropriate growth prospects. Organisations should create suitable programs for their employees to ensure their well-being and drive. This will not only improve their lifestyle but will also increase their loyalty, encourage them and boost their efficiency.
Let us explore some common ways by which companies can improve the wellness of their staff:
Training Programs: During the course of the daily routine, the mind can often become chaotic. By conducting mindfulness training programs, organisations can help their employees to regain their mental strengths. Mindfulness is an unprecedented instrument to empower teams to ease pressure and focus on daily work. For instance, yoga and meditation enable individuals to be more attentive and in addition advance their proficiency.
Healthy Diet: Corporates must ensure that they provide their employees with nutritious food to fuel them with the necessary supplements and energy. This enables them to work seamlessly towards achieving the desired results. Companies can take initiatives to provide organic food with zero preservatives to their employees. An integrative health program can be conducted to educate their workforce on the benefits of nutrition and its long term effects.
Flexible working Hours: Working long hours at all times may not be feasible for some employees. Tedious work timings often lead to burnouts and decreased productivity. By providing employees with flexible timings and giving them the freedom to work from home, there can be a boost in confidence and they will be able to work more prolifically.
Corporate Outings: Companies can organise frequent trips or off sites to make their employees feel appreciated for their hard work and efforts. This will not only enhance their morale but will also help build relations within teams and help them spend quality time together.
Fitness Activities: As the old adage goes ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’, staff workers to need a break from work. Sport is undoubtedly one of the strongest platforms to practice discipline and maintain healthy relations in the working environment. By organising internal sports events, employees can get together and play as a team. It not only acts as a refresher but also helps sharpen one’s management skills and creates team building characteristics.
Corporate wellness plays a huge role in maintaining the mental health and wellbeing of employees. People working in happy work environments perpetually lead to contented personal lives. An individual can take small steps to improve their work-life balance by leaving work on time, avoiding working at home unless necessary and unplugging all through the weekend. This will allow them to remove enough time for their family and friends. An employee who is stress-free makes any place, be it work or home, more vibrant and this further helps achieve incredible positive outcomes.
* Urvi Aradhya, Chief Human Resource Officer, K Raheja Corp