capital forms the heart of any successful enterprise, especially during tough
economic times, and this is well-known amongst HR professionals. Employees
provide creativity and innovation to any organization – whether in technology and
product design or in distribution networks and service delivery, it is this
human capital which plays a pivotal role in an organization’s ability to
compete in the global economy.
the fine line between work and personal life is getting blurred. It is
essential to provide a holistic and complete package of well-being programmes
which encompasses physical, mental, financial and emotional health. This will
drive employee productivity and improve the organization’s retention capabilities.
the concept of corporate wellness began decades ago focusing on the employee’s
physical health and safety, it has of late evolved into a range of programmes
aimed at not only protecting employee health, but actively boosting performance
as well as social and emotional well-being.
These innovative programmes and tools cover aspects such as healthy diet and
exercise, mindfulness, sleep and stress management. It also aims at changing
the culture and leadership behaviour to support these efforts.
order to build competitive advantage, it is pertinent for any organization to
improve the health status and well-being of their employees. Besides increasing
productivity of the employees, it also encourages the team to work in unison
and creates a positive work environment.
boost wellness and productivity, initiatives such
as the following would help enormously:
- Flexible schedule: Organizations are now recognizing
the uniqueness of every employee, and that their situations and problems vary.
Therefore, organizations should be more flexible in assigning work hours for its
employees ensuring that they work efficiently and professionally. This will
inculcate a sense of loyalty and satisfaction towards the work and reduce work-related
Colloquially known as ‘working from home’, telecommuting is a work arrangement
in which the employee can work from outside the office. This allows the
employee greater freedom and flexibility to balance work and personal
obligations, thereby enhancing their productivity.
- Fitness programmes: Staying healthy should be a key priority
for employees as it helps them to perform their office duties effectively, and
it is the duty of the employer to ensure that the company is providing adequate
facilities to keep their employees fit. This can be ensured by providing for
some physical activities at the workplace. Many offices offer facilities such
as yoga or zumba, sit-stand desks or have full-scale on-site fitness counters.
These can help in raising the level of physical fitness of the employees and
hence the overall productivity.
- Access to healthy food: Due
to erratic work schedules, employees often either skip their meals or end up
snacking on unhealthy food and caffeine to get through the day. Offering
healthy, nutritious and processed-free foods at a moderate cost at the office
cafeteria is a great way to improve well-being at the workplace. In fact, easy
access to fruits makes it easier for employees to snack healthily and maintain
a healthy lifestyle. This reduces absenteeism from work and brings about higher
- Employee assistance programme: These assist employees
with both personal and work-related problems that may impact their job performance,
health, mental and emotional well-being. They generally offer free and
confidential assessments, short-term counselling, referrals, and follow-up
services for employees and their household members.
- Daycare facilities: Workplace daycare is an important benefit
for many employees, allowing them to spend more time with their children
despite being at work. This decreases anxiety for some parents, improving their
ability to concentrate on their jobs. Workplace daycare can boost employee
morale and lower absenteeism, since fewer employees need to take time off to
look after the children.
In today’s competitive
business environment, it is critical for organizations to step up their
investment in human capital. An organization’s health and prosperity are
directly influenced by the health and well-being of its employees. With some ingenious
planning, HR professionals can improve the health and work equation building a
more prosperous organization.