The lives of white collar workers are full of stress and health often takes a backseat while career is in fourth gear. When people are happy at work, they are healthier and happier in life. Keeping the fact that poor health eventually affects productivity in mind, companies have started offering corporate wellness programs to their employees. These programs offer healthcare packages for employees and sometimes even their families to ensure their wellbeing.

Corporate wellness began in the western countries, but has slowly made great headway in India as well due to the soaring pressures at workplace and outstanding performance expected from each individual, every day. These wellness programs have proven to be an excellent device of change and life enhancement beginning right at work.

Here is a lowdown on the top 5 corporate wellness programs available in India:

1. Apollo Life’s corporate wellness program

Apollo Life has some great combinations of health related packages. They offer various blood tests, scans, Ayurveda and beauty packages, dietary advice, personalized counselling sessions as well as telecounselling sessions which can be extremely useful given the hectic corporate lives. They even have programs to help employees quit smoking and alcohol dependency. The greatest advantage of such a program is that it will prevent breakdown of the employees, which is a growing phenomenon behind the dreariness of grey walls.

2. Tata Consultancy Services’ (TCS) corporate wellness program

Another wellness program that is on offer is by TCS i.e. Tata Consultancy Services, which conducts regular health screening for their employees as your health affects day to day activities. Poor health leads to poor performance at workplace. They have understood the concept of positivity and peace at workplace and have screening tests, counselling sessions, physical activities session for cutting down obesity and other lifestyle metabolic diseases. For better output at work, they also have stress management counselling and sleep management sessions which provide employees the extra edge to manage their health.

3. Larsen & Toubro Infotech’s (L&T) corporate wellness program

Larsen and Toubro Infotech’s Health and Wellness Solutions offer various corporate programs which take into consideration long term illnesses and the unfit nature of most employees. It integrates seamlessly technology with healthcare to provide optimal benefits to employees.

4. Wipro’s corporate wellness program

Wipro corporate wellness program incorporates in it the wellbeing of the employee as well as of the family. It provides a complete health check up for the employee as well as coverage for the basic treatments used during the entire working year. It also has tie ups with certain hospitals and clinics where the treatment can be taken or even surgery be performed for discounted prices.

5. Accenture’s corporate wellness program

Accenture wellness program is another great corporate health package for their employees. In fact, Accenture has been accredited with being the healthiest employer in the U.S and is taking this ahead in India as well. It takes care of the standard modes of treatment as well as alternative methods like homoeopathy, etc.. Basic investigations and body scans are a routine, but employees have access to customized websites that assess their health, coaches them to lose weight, track their diet, etc.

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Advantages of corporate wellness programs

There are proven results that about 30% employees have been saved from lifestyle disorders due to obesity and hyperlipidemia etc. due to these wellness programs. Companies save anywhere between $3 to $15 per for every 1$ spent on employee wellbeing.

Many programs have been prevented employees from going into depression due to the counselling and yoga sessions which help maintain the peace and sanctity of the hassled, multi-tasking mind. The results are outstanding when it comes to controlling high blood pressure and diabetes in already affected individuals as regular blood tests and medical care offered at the office are mandatory. The regular follow ups and changes in the medication made by the attending physician at the corporate offices is another major step towards prevention of complications and maintaining health of the employees.

Contributed by Dr. Rachita Narsaria, MD

References:

  1. http://www.tcshealthcare.com/Prevention-and-Wellness-Programs
  2. http://www.apollolife.com/ApolloLifeWellnessPrograms/CorporateWellnessPrograms.aspx
  3. Xivananda Priolcar. Workplace wellness programs: Myth or reality? Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 18, No. 1, January-April, 2014, pp. 1-2
  4. http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/print-edition/2012/06/15/healthiest-employers-accenture.html?page=all