"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." - Henry Ford.
India has huge population of unemployed youths, adequately educated and inadequately educated, skilled, semi-skilled, and un-skilled. As many surveys have revealed, the country has, unfortunately, for more than one reason, been registering jobless economic growth for the last few years. Besides the fact that least number of new jobs are being created, the industry watchers including ASSOCHAM (Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India), have claimed that over a million people lost their jobs in the Export Sector alone during the last 11 months of current financial year.
Against that background, if HR consultancy firms like Mercer, Aon Hewitt are projecting an average 10 to 12% salary hike by India Inc this year, it can't be termed as a bad news for employees working here as the business growth has been sluggish across the industries in the country which is clearly reflected in substantially lower GDP growth of Indian economy this fiscal than the estimated one.
It's encouraging, as reported by Mercer, that the performance-based pay and rewards would gain prominence in the appraisal cycle and hiring would continue to be on the agenda for most companies in 2013. But, for more than anything else now, it has been a growing concern for some years among the working youths in corporate entities in India that the working environment is becoming more and more stressful which naturally results in growing health problems including depression, hypertension etc.
The progressive and employee-friendly companies do feel and appreciate this problem and hence embark on Wellness Management Programmes as a major HR activity on a regular basis for all its employees to help and facilitate them strike a balance between the job requirements and health issues, to name a few. That is why, Robert Fritz says, “The way to activate the seeds of your creation is by making choices about the results you want to create. When you make a choice, you activate vast human energies and resources, which otherwise go untapped.”
The good corporations all over the world that treat their human resources as the most vital resource for sustaining quality growth of the company's business and revenue year after year do discover to their satisfaction that by engaging the employees in wellness management activities periodically, the company is able to reduce the overall medical expenses besides keeping the motivation level and degree of loyalty of the employees quite high. Not only this, the surveys and studies have also shown conclusively that wellness management initiatives result in creating a healthy working environment as feeling of camaraderie, togetherness, and empathy have been found to be profound among the work force in such companies.
Before signing off today, let me share the following thought of Deepak Chopra: "You can't make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable."
Milan K. Sinha is a freelance writer. He has worked in Banking and Insurance sector for three decades following three years of active writing in various newspapers and magazines. Presently he is engaged in stress management, wellness and awareness activities besides freelance writing.