India Inc is pushing for mental well-being initiatives for employees like never before as the pandemic has blurred the lines between work and personal life and led to increased stress levels – a recent LinkedIn survey found that 55% of the country’s employed professionals were feeling stressed.
Companies such as J&J,
, Microsoft, TechMa, Cisco, EY, L’Oreal, Byju’s, Accenture, Global, , Publicis Sapient and Godrej Housing Finance are rolling out new initiatives as well as strengthening those launched earlier.
From music therapy classes, mindful exercises, healing day-off and switch-off days, emotionally intelligent chatbots, mental well-being ambassadors, training managers to identify mental health risks and conducting pulse surveys to understand team sentiment, companies are seeking to ensure employee well-being through several new measures.
Special initiatives are also being taken ahead of the World Mental Health Day on October 10. Kristal.AI has launched Mental Health Week, with complimentary therapy sessions for the whole organisation while Future Generali India Insurance has announced the day off on October 11.
This month, Tech Mahindra introduced ‘Mind Plan’, a mental health initiative to provide daily doses of mindful tips and exercises to employees. “This will help associates relax and feel positive during challenging times,” said Harshvendra Soin, global chief people officer. It has also assigned employees as wellness warriors.
At EY India, Flextober is a unique initiative where October is being dedicated to help people disconnect from work and re-energise “Promoting the well-being of our people – emotional, mental and physical – has always been EY’s top-most priority,” said Sandeep Kohli, talent leader, EY India.