Wellness Stories.

Cisco’s Mind Set: A Virtual Reality program for stress reduction

Dec 19 2018 • Written by Team Fitgenix

~Team Fitgenix


Studies have shown that work led stress has escalated progressively over the past few decades. This is alarming, and definitely a cause of concern. Understanding and accepting this fact, organisations are coming up with creative strategies for their employee’s well being at work.


Global IT services company, Cisco rolled out a virtual reality AKA VR pods to promote employee stress reduction program called Mind Set aimed to lower their employees’ stress factor at work.


Role of VR in Cisco’s “Mind Set”


The initiative is considered as a new experiment with the potential to improve team collaboration. The goal is to help employees “relax, re-energise and reduce stress” through tranquil, exotic settings delivered via immersive VR headsets.


The course is divided into five-parts and is available to all U.S. employees that teach mindfulness principles and practices.


Feedbacks from program are taken at the end by the participants with pre- and post-course surveys. Attention is given on “long-term stickiness” for the maximum benefits of employees.


Mind Set programme highlights


-It’s a five-part course that teaches mindfulness principles and practices. It also explains the science behind how mindfulness promotes well-being.

-A mindfulness coach, via webcam, leads each session. A short meditation practice is also integrated into the educational sessions.

-Mind Set program help teach Cisco employees how to be “thoughtful and deliberate” in managing digital distractions.

-The Mind Set sessions will help employees understand how and when to go into “do not disturb” mode

-It helps to stay focused at work by suggesting how to pay closer attention to information shared during meetings


Contribute: Do write to us about any wellness program in your company that has led to noticeable gains for your employees, at smriti@fitgenix.in