Stress at work can reportedly lead to depression. These cases are particularly high in a developing country like India where the nerve-wracking pressure to perform and deliver is at an all-time high. But the good news is that workplaces across the country have started understanding the implications of burdening their employees with too much work. They know that too much stress at work can hamper their productivity and negatively affect the organisation's outcome.
On the occasion of World Health Day, we spoke to some millennials to know about the gamut of activities organised for them to keep stress at bay.
Prateek Sharma, working in a Gurugram-based firm, talks about the light atmosphere companies maintain to ensure their employees' well-being. "Companies are trying their best to shed their school-like image. There is a lot of fun stuff to do. Their agenda is simple. Work Hard. Party Harder. There is a recreational activity planned after every few weeks. Every tiresome day is followed by some sort of surprise from the manager." He adds that one doesn't really feel stressed these days.
"I remember how hectic the last month was. We were required to do work for more than 8 hours a day. But our managers were generous enough to ask us to go for short breaks in between to break the monotony. There would be free snacks available for everyone in the evening. Then, there are special 'Secret Santa Days' where we exchange gifts without disclosing one's identity. This keeps the workplace alive and buzzing with some fun stuff," shares Ridhima Kapoor, a corporate professional gearing up for an excursion to Rishikesh with her colleagues.
"They know that we are looking for perfect work-life balance. They have to entertain us to help us ooze with energy from time to time. It is like you keep us happy, we will keep you happy,"- Ridhima
Today's workplaces are finally blending in to make space for more and more millennials coming with their unique skill set and a lot of talent. "They know that we are looking for perfect work-life balance. They have to entertain us to help us ooze with energy from time to time. It is like you keep us happy, we will keep you happy," she added.
She also mentioned that the company organizes Zumba classes from time to time to help them get rid of stress.
Surbhi Malhotra, another corporate professional working in Gurugram, is gearing up for an upcoming fest scheduled in the last week of April. "The company has decided to organize a fest. It is a great chance for us to show our talent in front of everyone. We have been informed about the auditions that will take place. It is like reliving my college days. I am very excited."
Employers finally seem to have woken up to the fact that employees' mental and emotional well-being is an intrinsic part of their work. Their efforts to make workspace fun will significantly contribute to bringing down the levels of stress and anxiety working people face.
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