In Feb 2015, a random sample of 200 Happiest Minds participated in an Employee Health and Well-being Survey organized by Chestnut Global Partners.
The objective of the survey was to gain insight into the work perception and well-being of our people, reflected in the behaviour and attitudes of teams and individuals in the company.
The questionnaire measured three indicators of well-being:
- Stress – signals of stress can be physical (fatigue, pains and aches) or of a psychological nature (anxiety, irritation, high strung, memory problems)
- Motivation – a reduced well-being at work can be revealed in reduced enthusiasm in carrying out one’s job, dissatisfaction about the job, reduced pride in one’s work & the company one works for and an intention to change jobs
- Undesirable behavior at work – Stress and lack of well-being can bring about extreme behavior at work such as bullying, lack of respect for one another, aggression and/or violence.
The results were benchmarked against the scores of 1393 people across three other sectors – Healthcare & Pharma, IT/ITeS and Automotive.
- Sample demographics
- 78% men
- 58% in the age group 25 to 34 years and 21% in 35 to 44 years
- On two indicators of Stress and Undesirable behaviour, Happiest Minds’ scores were found to be comparable with that of the benchmark
- On ‘Motivation’ Happiest Minds had a slightly better score than the benchmark.
Raja Shanmugam & Ashok Soota releasing the ‘CGP India Report of Stress & Wellbeing 2015’ at the inaugural program on Employee Health & Wellness Best Practices Forum.
“Stress doesn’t only make us feel awful emotionally,” says Jay Winner, MD, author of Take the Stress Out of Your Life. “It can also exacerbate just about any health condition you can think of.”
Many studies confirm that stress seems to worsen or increase the risk of conditions like obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal problems, and asthma.
Following some simple stress relief tips could both lower stress and, therefore, health risks.
- Breathe deeply. Just a few minutes of deep breathing can calm us and tame the physiologic stress response, Winner says. While it is a good idea to build in a specific time each day to do deep breathing, it can be done anywhere, anytime. Winner recommends that “as we breathe out, we relax a specific muscle group. Start with the muscles in your jaw. On the next breath out, relax your shoulders. Move through the different areas of your body until you’re feeling calm.”
- Mindful in the Moment. When we are stressed, there is probably regret of the past or anxiety of the future. To get some stress relief, let us try focusing on what we’re doing right now. “You can calm yourself by bringing yourself back to the present moment,” says Winner. “If you’re walking, feel the sensation of your legs moving. If you’re eating, focus on the taste and the sensation of the food.”
- Reframe the situation. The Chinese word for crisis and opportunity have the same characters. Every crisis is a stepping stone to an opportunity.
- Being Grateful. When we think about the things for which we are grateful, our problems are kept in perspective. “You need to remind yourself of the basic ways in which you’re lucky. It can be a surprisingly effective method for stress relief.”
In addition,making larger changes to our life that include regular exercise, relaxation techniques, mediation or yoga will help with long term stress management.
- Join the Get Active Walking Community @ Happiest Minds
- Participate in the bi-weekly yoga sessions – Tue/Fri: 8.15 to 9 am & Tue/Thu: 6 to 6:45 pm @ SMILES 1
This takes time and effort but the benefits will be substantial.