Corporate Wellness

The State of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Indian Workplaces

April 1, 2023
Mohit Sahni

As the world of work continues to evolve, Indian employers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of prioritizing employee well-being. A recent survey conducted by global advisory, broking, and solutions company WTW reveals that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs are emerging as the top driver for benefits strategies in India. 

The survey found that DEI programs, which include inclusion and diversity training, accessible office spaces, gender-neutral company communications, and inclusive benefits options, are the top social well-being initiative provided by Indian organizations. 

This article will explore the survey findings and discuss how Indian employers prioritize employee well-being and focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Four Pillars of Well-Being in the Workplace

To ensure employee well-being, Indian organizations are prioritizing efforts across the four pillars of wellness in the workplace. These pillars include physical, emotional, financial, and social well-being. 

  • Physical Wellbeing: Companies are offering wellness programs and health risk assessments to encourage healthier living. 
  • Emotional well-being: Employers are developing mental health strategies and employee assistance programs to support the mental health of their employees.
  • Financial well-being: Companies are addressing this through financial education programs and benefits that cover financial planning and insurance. 
  • Social well-being: Employers are implementing DEI programs to foster inclusive workplace cultures and support team building.

As Indian organizations prioritize employee well-being across these four pillars, they are recognizing the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to workplace wellness. 

In order to foster a more engaged, happier, and healthier work environment, companies provide resources and support across all four pillars.

Prioritizing Inclusivity and Belonging

In Indian organizations, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs are emerging as the top driver for social well-being. These programs include inclusion and diversity training, accessible office spaces, gender-neutral company communications, and inclusive benefits options. 

The WTW survey found that 71% of Indian organizations provide inclusion and diversity training, 71% have accessible office spaces, and 62% offer inclusive benefits options.

The survey also found that some companies have gender-neutral restrooms (33%) and diversity scholarships (20%). By prioritizing DEI programs, organizations are taking a crucial step toward creating an inclusive workplace culture where all employees feel valued and respected.

DEI programs play a crucial role in promoting social well-being, and Indian organizations are recognizing the importance of creating a diverse and inclusive work environment. 

These programs foster a culture of acceptance, tolerance, and understanding in organizations, which improves employees' well-being in the long run. By focusing on DEI initiatives, organizations create an environment where employees feel valued and supported and build a strong foundation for employee well-being.

Expanding Coverage Beyond Employees

Expanding coverage beyond employees is critical to achieving holistic well-being in the workplace. The survey reveals that companies are already making progress in this area, with 50% of companies including coverage for spouses and 39% covering parents for emotional well-being programs. 

However, more needs to be done to ensure that families are included in financial well-being programs to address the gender wealth gap in India. Covering families under these programs can also help improve financial literacy and promote better decision-making. 

By involving families in well-being programs, companies can improve the overall health and happiness of their employees and contribute to a more inclusive and supportive workplace culture.

A Personalized Path to Wellness

According to the survey, companies are now addressing specific conditions and lifestyle risks in order to boost workplace well-being. Indian organizations are increasingly focusing on weight management, healthy sleep, cardiovascular disease management, diabetes management, and cancer management.

In addition to targeting specific conditions, companies are also providing lifestyle risk management programs that focus on healthy habits. These include programs for weight management, healthy sleep, and healthy eating. By targeting specific conditions and lifestyle risks, employers are taking a proactive approach to employee well-being and promoting a healthier workplace.

Moreover, the survey found that many companies are also offering support for family planning, including maternity management and fertility support. These programs are designed to support employees and their families, promoting well-being not just at work but in their personal lives as well.

The Post-Pandemic Reality Check

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the workplace, with many employees facing increased stress, anxiety, and uncertainty. In response to the pandemic, Indian organizations have had to adapt their benefits strategies to prioritize employee well-being.

One way that companies have adapted is by implementing new programs to support remote work and virtual collaboration. The majority of companies allow employees to work from home, so they can remain connected to colleagues while also remaining productive. In order to cope with the stress of remote work, companies also offer mental health programs.

Furthermore, the pandemic has highlighted the importance of prioritizing family well-being in the workplace. Many companies have introduced new programs to support family planning, including flexible work arrangements and parental leave policies. By supporting employees in their personal lives, companies can create a healthier and more productive workforce.

Putting Employee Well-Being First

The pandemic has been a reality check for Indian organizations, highlighting the importance of prioritizing employee well-being in the workplace. Companies have had to adapt their benefits strategies to support remote work, family planning, and financial well-being. 

The pandemic has been a challenging time for all, but by prioritizing employee well-being, Indian organizations can emerge stronger and more successful in the post-pandemic world.

At The Wellness Tribe, we understand the importance of prioritizing employee well-being in the workplace. If your company is looking for assistance in creating a corporate wellness program that prioritizes the well-being of your employees across the four pillars of wellness, physical, emotional, financial, and social, we are here to help.

Personal Wellbeing

Feeling Self-Conscious? Get Rid of These 10 Phrases

October 5, 2022
The Wellness Tribe

Confidence is the key! You can enhance your work-life balance, relationships, and general quality of life by being confident and believing in yourself. Although self-worth is undoubtedly an important component of confidence, it is not the same thing as confidence.

While self-confidence is about being driven and believing in yourself, self-worth is more closely tied to forgiving and embracing oneself. They are, therefore, essentially two sides of the same coin. But both are essential to having a positive connection with yourself and feeling good about yourself.

But we all have that inner voice that influences everything we say or do. If we let it, it might undermine our self-confidence, make us feel inferior, or both. In the end, we find ourselves failing to reach our goals.

If you want to think more positively and feel more confident, here are 10 negative phrases to stop using.

1. "I must complete it."

Instead, say: "I get to do that."

Your attitude will significantly alter if you substitute just one little word. You start to see things more as opportunities than as obligations as a result. So even though the work is unpleasant, it may help you learn new things and lead to opportunities.

2. "I cannot accomplish it"

Instead, say: "I'll do my best to accomplish that."

Keep going until you've even started! When you convince yourself that you can attempt, you not only give yourself an opportunity to succeed but also lower your bar for success by not having unreasonable expectations.

3. "I ought to do it."

Instead, say: "I'll take care of it." (Or, depending on your perspective, "won't do")

The word "should" is restrictive and puts pressure on us. Regain control by doing so. Get rid of the "should" and make your own decisions by deciding whether or not to do anything.

4. "Why am I going through this?"

Instead, ask: "What am I learning from this?"

You may transform something that is bothering or disturbing you into something that can lead you to more extraordinary things by asking yourself what you are learning. You're merely looking for the positive in what can be a difficult situation; you're not moaning.

5. "I should never have."

What to say instead: "I know [X] because I did it."

When you reframe this idea, you start to consider the positive outcomes that resulted from actions you first believed you shouldn't have taken. For example, you could have made a new friend or learned something admirable about yourself.

6. "I messed up."

What to say instead: "This effort failed."

Consequently, it's possible that an endeavor you undertook went differently than planned. You either still need to obtain the desired promotion or the new customer. However, you are being harsh to yourself if you tell yourself that you failed, and that's it. Keep in mind that there will be future chances.

7. If only I'd done [X]

How about saying nothing?

Everybody has had "if only" moments. For example, "If only I had brought up my suggestion at that meeting," or "If only I hadn't responded in that manner to that interview question." However, this is irrational reasoning. You're simply complaining and coming up with reasons—you're not learning from the past.

8. "This is just too difficult."

Instead, Say: "I don't comprehend this right now." 

You are presenting a new difficulty as an unchanging reality when you tell yourself right away that you will never be able to understand it. This implies that you're gently telling yourself that you can't develop or evolve, which is absurd, of course. We are all still growing.

9. "It isn't fair,"

What to say instead: "I can handle it regardless!"

Yes, there are moments when life seems unfair, but that doesn't mean you have to keep telling yourself that mantra repeatedly until you give up. Instead, face that perceived injustice head-on and search for answers that will lead you to your desired destination.

10. "It won't ever change."

What to say instead: "I can adjust how I handle this."

Another instance of moving from the passive to the active is this. First, take control of the circumstance. Do you believe it is immutable? Then alter your perspective on it and your ideas on it!

Occupational Wellbeing

Hybrid Working Lingo: The Top 5 Buzzwords You Need to Know

December 7, 2022
The Wellness Tribe

In the era of hybrid working, several buzzwords have become increasingly important to understand. These terms can help us navigate the changing landscape of work and communicate effectively about the ways in which we are working. 

In this article, we will discuss five of the most important buzzwords in the hybrid working era: Frolleagues, distributed teams, asynchronous communication, Proximity Bias, and Productivity Paranoia.


Frolleagues : Hybrid Working Lingo - Top 5 buzzwords you need to know
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Frolleagues are individuals who are both colleagues and friends, and the frolleague relationship can begin as a professional one and then evolve into a friendship. It is common for people who work together to form close bonds and friendships, especially if they spend a lot of time together and have shared experiences.

It is essential to recognise that different people may have different boundaries around their work relationships, and it is important to respect those boundaries. It is also important to be mindful of the potential risks or challenges that can arise when mixing professional and personal relationships and to communicate openly and honestly with frolleagues about expectations and boundaries.

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Distributed Teams

A distributed team is a group of individuals who work together but are not physically located in the same place. This type of team is common in the era of hybrid working, as it allows for a mix of remote and in-office work. With distributed teams, it is important to establish clear communication channels and set expectations for collaboration and communication.

Asynchronous Communication

Asynchronous communication is a term used to describe forms of communication that do not require all parties to be present simultaneously. This can include emails, instant messaging, and other forms of written communication. In the era of hybrid working, asynchronous communication is important for allowing team members to collaborate and communicate effectively, even when they are not all in the exact location.

Proximity Bias

Proximity bias refers to the tendency to favour or give preferential treatment to individuals who are physically present or close to themselves. This bias can manifest in various ways in the workplace, such as providing more opportunities or attention to employees who are physically present in the office or overlooking the contributions or needs of remote workers.

Proximity bias can harm employees working remotely or not physically present in the office, as it may lead to a lack of equal opportunities or recognition for their contributions. It can also negatively impact team dynamics and morale, as it may create a sense of unfairness or inequality among team members.

Productivity Paranoia

Productivity paranoia: Hybrid working lingo: top 5 buzzwords you need to know
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Productivity paranoia refers to the anxiety or stress individuals may feel around their ability to be productive, especially in the modern workplace. This anxiety may be fueled by societal or cultural pressures to be constantly productive and achieve high levels of success, as well as by a lack of work-life balance or a lack of support from employers or colleagues.

In the era of hybrid working, productivity paranoia may be exacerbated by the challenges of working remotely, such as the blurring of boundaries between work and home life or the need to juggle multiple responsibilities. It may also be fueled by the fear of not being seen as a valuable contributor to the team or organisation or by the fear of being left behind in an increasingly competitive job market.

Closing Words

In conclusion, as a corporate wellness company, we always stay attuned to the buzzwords and trends shaping the modern workplace, especially in the era of hybrid work. However, by understanding the terms, we can better support the health and well-being of employees as they navigate this new way of working.

It is also crucial for us to recognise the potential challenges and risks that may arise in a hybrid work environment, such as productivity paranoia and proximity bias. By addressing these issues and promoting inclusivity and equity, we can create a healthy and supportive workplace for all employees, regardless of their physical location. Overall, the era of hybrid work presents both opportunities and challenges. By staying informed and proactive, we can continue to support the well-being of employees in this evolving landscape.

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