Physical, mental and emotional well-being of employees: corporate well-being is the new mantra

The ways to engage with your employees today are very different from what they were before the pandemic. Work is distributed across workforces distributed across geographies in a hybrid manner – from homes and offices, where working traditional office hours is no longer prevalent. Working hours have been extended in most cases. People are mostly confined to a single small space in their homes and hung up on their screens all the time without any physical and social interaction with their colleagues. Therefore, it is much more important to ensure that your staff are healthy – physically, mentally and emotionally. Workplace wellbeing and how it should be implemented for a hybrid workforce is quite critical. The enterprising Paul Drechsler once said, “Good health is good business. As a result, this underscores how critical it is for businesses to design strategies and programs to improve employee wellbeing.

The corporate wellness industry looks healthy

Today, corporate wellness has its own niche market and is driving the wellness industry around the world. Many organizations consult their employees about their preferences and needs. Meditation and yoga sessions, state-of-the-art gyms and board games are some of the attractions a contemporary office offers. it’s the new pillar of employee engagement. Mental wellbeing is also of paramount importance for corporate workspaces these days, as the pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of many people.
Mental reservations and fears show up in the way we live – it’s hard to walk around a corner without pouring a handful of hand sanitizer. Digital disruption has arrived on the scene much faster than we ever imagined, and it has completely changed the face of corporate wellness. Workspace and workflow are constantly reinvented for a healthier future. A composition of physical and mental health metrics must be established by offices as workplaces begin to welcome their staff back into a reopened world where hybrid work systems will rule. A wellness revolution is underway. This time, corporate programs are expected to be much more focused on developing holistic health, which will again restructure the wellness industry in the wake of its dynamism.

Employee engagement increases productivity

Since 2019, the corporate wellness industry in India has grown by leaps and bounds, reaching a value of INR 21.53 billion from INR 14.59 billion. The projected CAGR is expected to be 5.75% over the period 2020-25. It is very evident that organizations are pioneering new ways to engage employees through their wellness initiatives.
Stress management strategies: Workshops and activities that can eliminate stress among staff can do wonders for the organization. Many programs held in offices aim to relax the minds of employees as the corporate culture immerses them in the depths of a pressure cooker environment every day.
Promoting healthy eating: Undoubtedly, it is very easy to offer donuts, chips, sodas and burgers as midday snacks. This makes employees happy and satisfied, but not healthy! Many offices provide salad bowls, fresh fruit and juices to their employees. The proliferation of coworking spaces with professionally run cafeterias and very well-prepared menus has also helped. Healthy options can help with peak energy levels, aiding in efficient work out.
Encouraging breaks: To negate the effects of pressure, offices should encourage breaks in between. Many organizations have pool tables, carrom boards and other indoor games for the workforce to take a break and relax.
Link to work: In modern offices, employees are more than just professional colleagues. They manifest their casual relationships more openly than ever. Corporate offices are taking advantage of the holiday period by marking calendars for office travel to encourage bonding in the workplace and therefore build stronger core teams.

Environmental hygiene: elimination of emissions

With digital diversification and disruption, everything now falls under the “connected” category in the workplace. This wireless connection with WiFi is a source of harmful electromagnetic emissions. Today, some organizations are realizing that these emissions can hamper the mental and physical abilities of their long-term employees. Some cutting-edge EMI neutralization technologies and brands have gained traction with their ingenious products that negate the harmful effects of the invisible enemy – EMI or also known as Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR). Many businesses will seek to incorporate the use of EMR protection products into their office spaces to create a safe working environment.

Conclusion

Workspaces have become employees’ second homes. Therefore, adapting programs that keep them at the forefront is the need of the hour. As corporate wellness programs rub off on employees, the wellness industry as a whole is getting a boost. Among all this, workspaces are also made safer with the help of EMR protection devices that negate the effects of surrounding emissions ushered in by the WiFi era.

The opinions of the author are personal and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the website.

Mr. Pranav Poddar, Director and Co-Founder of Syenergy EnvironicsPranav Poddar is Director of Syenergy Environics Limited and is based in Gurgaon, India. He manages the business development and manufacturing of the company’s products and currently leads the company’s global expansion plans. Pranav is active as an angel investor and a member of India’s largest incubation and early-stage investment organization – Venture Catalysts. He is also active in various chambers of commerce such as PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI). He is currently Co-Chair of PHDCCI’s Environment Committee. He was also founding co-chairman of the Young Business Leader’s Forum (YBLF) established at PHDCCI in 2008.

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