Breaking work monotony

There was a latent need to have something that will help employees in addressing their concerns over stress and health-related issues. So companies tackled the same by introducing a health byte initiative for all their employees where they started educating their employees about various health risks relating to stress.

The basic objective was to encourage employees who wanted to participate and make a concerted effort at reaching the optimum desired weight. Another initiative was to make working-out more exciting; they started a competition for all their employees for a period of three months. The basic objective is to help the employees to reach their desired weight in a matter of three months and encourage healthy living. During the competition, regular tips were shared to help participants in their endeavor and also awarded with cash prizes, when they met their goal.

Senior vice president at Scope International loves to hit the office gym everyday. He says, It help him keep fit and more importantly. It is very encouraging to see people workout and this motivates him to do the same. He also visits the recreation centre and plays a match of cricket sometimes to break the monotony.

We all like to do something different at the workplace besides performing the mundane tasks. We all are aware that the greatest wealth is health. It determines the quality of life one leads. Stressful work, extended work hours, late night shifts, regular travel etc. have become an integral part of today’s corporate world. Owing to this, problems like Hypertension, Fatigue, poor eyesight, depression, irritability and obesity are widespread. This affects employee productivity. A Swedish study found that fit workers committed 27% fewer errors on tasks involving concentration and short-term memory, as compared to non-fit workers. Hence employers, in their own interest, are dedicating more time, effort and money in boosting employee health.

Most employees deal with negative interpersonal relationships at the workplace, be it disgruntled bosses or aggressive co-workers. Either of them can have serious preparation on their wellness and health. With businesses opening, their eyes to expensive price tag associated with healthcare, they are reminded that this issue needs to be dealt with by early health interventions. This has kick-started a need to focus corporate attention on employee healthcare schemes.

With increased work pressure and global competition, the workforce is prone to more work-related health disorders. In the knowledge sector for example, good health of people would be a critical success factor. Companies ensure that they invest in wellness activities such as gym, in-house counseling, and even healthy food in the cafeteria.

Speaking of the above, different corporate have different needs. Healthcare experts such as FitnessOne offer ‘Fitness Process Outsourcing’ (FPO) to corporate to enhance health standards. FPO is based on the maxim that while it is impossible to flesh out every illness and side effects as well as stress at the workplace, companies can do effective intervention, education, and screenings for their workforce.

We take up the space allotted to set up a gym in an organization, planning the equipment they need within their budget. Once the gym is set up, we provide them with the required soft skills. Our nutritionists and Physiotherapists along with the trainers plan the workout for each of the member-employee. Depending on the space, we organize yoga and other group classes like dance, aerobics, etc, says managing director, Fitness One.

Scope International has a comprehensive health strategy which focuses on dealing with issues on a preventive basis. They strongly endorse and encourage their employees to have a work-life balance. Work from home option, yearly block leave of ten days, flexi-work hours, etc. are few steps that they have taken to promote health standards. They also have counselors visiting on their campus on a regular basis to help employees tackle stress related problems, if any says head-corporate affairs, Scope International.