Article from The Economic Times
Following a health regime by oneself can become arduous, especially when you are a working professional striving for a work-life balance while sticking to a diet plan. There is, however, strength in numbers. And, better still, when one’s company takes the initiative.
Target India recently gave all its employees wearable fitness bands to help its employees keep a tab on their daily well-being count.Vinay Kumar, a project leader in finance operations at the company , says: “Since everyone in my workplace has a band, it’s like competition in our team. We compare and compete on the number of steps each one has clocked or how many liters of water we have consumed. I think this makes it fun and encourages me to do better.I wouldn’t have normally thought of using a wearable device, but now, I want to make use of it.”
Bengaluru-based online furniture store Urban Ladder introduced workplace yoga for its employees as the latter either had no access to fitness centres or that their schedules did not permit it. Geetika Mehta, HR director, pointed out: “Yoga helps end their day on a calm note and it has been very well received.”centres or that their schedules did not permit it. Geetika Mehta, HR director, pointed out: “Yoga helps end their day on a calm note and it has been very well received.”
At online office stationery and supplies store Zoffio, eleven employees have together pledged to follow the GM Diet. As Puneet Saxena, AVP , Operations, says: “This is the second time we are doing this.Most startup employees have erratic food habits and sedentary lifestyle. When it comes to losing weight, individuals usually lose the drive after a few days. We inspire each other.”
TruWeight, a weight-loss company in the city, screens health-related documentaries on a monthly basis for everyone. Besides that, the cafeteria offers only healthy snacks and drinks for its employees.
Says Suzanne Verghese, head, human resource: “Watching obesity-related documentaries like Fed Up with my co-workers at TruWeight and having access to only healthy food at my workplace encourages us to eat better.”
For the companies, building a health community of employees appears to be a long-drawn out process. Megha More, co founder and COO at Truweight, said: “Initially, people were resistant to health teas and foods served in the cafeteria. Overtime, we have witnessed a change. From a handful, now almost 150 employees have signed up for healthy snacks and drinks in the cafeteria.”