Corporate wellness can have more creative ways of cultivating a healthy office environment. The goal is to create a culture where employees choose to live a healthier lifestyle, rather than being forced to do so.
Employees face back and weight problems because they sit at a desk most of the time and have poor diets and little or no exercise. Then, there’s the fast pace of business, which puts undue stress on many of them.
Here are three companies who looking at creative ways and leading the way to prioritises wellness at the workplace :
- Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Not many companies can boast of conducting a regular health screening program for their employees.
India’s leading IT services company TCS provides a variety of options that encourage individual health and wellness. The program includes screening tests, counseling sessions, and physical activities to battle lifestyle diseases. One innovative program that really stands out and gives them an edge over regular corporate programs is their sleep management sessions. It has turned out to be one of their most successful programs. Apart from these, TCS also offers stress management counseling sessions for employees to check and manage their health and well-being.
- Toyota India
The company has created wellness programs that are scientific; evidence based and is designed to meet various employee needs.
The company emphasizes that good health is good business. Few of the unique healthcare and wellness initiatives organized by the Toyota includes an overweight and obesity prevention program called LEAN Works!, pandemic preparedness and response plan, seasonal flu vaccinations, surveys on stress at workplace and Aasare, a free counseling service providing emotional support on personal and workplace issues, occupational health assessment etc.
- Siemens India
A program called “the healthy break,” started by Siemens has proven to yield great results. Each day in the morning and afternoon a recorded voice over the public address system instructs employees to break the monotony of their work and perform specific exercises at their desks. This happens each day, once in the morning at 10.30 am and another at 3.30 pm.
The initiative was started to combat the harmful effects long hours of sitting has on health. It has reduced the number of sick leaves taken by Siemens’ employees, resulting in better productivity. Employees are also encouraged to join programs which involve diet management, yoga sessions and measurement of body parameters.
Large enterprises like Larsen & Toubro, Microsoft (Fit for Life Program), Wipro, Unilever and Accenture have also rolled out some effective health and well-being programs—from fitness challenges to expansive health programs, and more.
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