Walk into any chrome and glass tech park in any of the metros of India, and into the office of a well-known Fortune 500 corporation. Walk into their well-appointed break-out areas and observe the behaviour of their workforce. You’ll find plenty of them drinking tea or coffee with a couple of sachets of white sugar; and snacking on the store-bought maida-laden biscuits. If you carry on a conversation with them, you will learn that the stresses of getting younger ones at home ready for work, plus the long commute through congested city areas mean that a lot of them skip breakfast. Often, their first meal of the day is at about 1.30pm – if an unplanned meeting doesn’t get in the way, that is. At the cafeteria during lunch, they pile on the dessert at the end of the thali meal, because it’s there. And because the sugar rush would help them counter the post lunch sleepiness, possibly brought along by sleep deficit.
An unhealthy lifestyle will make you feel constantly sluggish
Here is the outcome of this lifestyle: the urban affluent are falling sick. We’re the diabetes capital of the world. *And if you thought its just the affluent, think again. The less financially privileged are eating just like their better off urban counterparts – and are paying a steeper price **by way of unaffordable private healthcare.
Cardiovascular diseases are picking off the workforce at a significantly younger age. People in their early 30s are being advised to get into the process of an annual medical checkup, are told frequently that they are “in the age group” for illnesses as varied as blood pressure, bone density issues, blood sugar, heart irregularities… the situation is quite bleak.
Decision-makers in organisations are well-aware of this creeping sense of gloom and doom. And hence, the focus on comprehensive wellness programs that are crafted with a large swathe of the workforce in mind.
This is where The Fuller Life comes in.
The Fuller Life is here to make work fun and improve the wellbeing of your employees
After 15 years in the field, as the most experienced employee engagement organization in the country, we’ve seen it all.
Which is why, we know, that getting the workforce moving is not about counting steps or getting them to run for a cause. The most sustained, year on year return on investment on workforce wellness and workforce wellness spends, will come from helping the workforce make marginal, incremental changes.
Marginal changes, incremental gains: Every health website will caution you against crash diets, overtraining in the gym or in any sport. With that wisdom set in, we have to look at the unglamorous method of taking small steps, but definite steps, on a daily/ weekly/ monthly basis. So, how does this become glamorous?
This is where League of the Fit comes in. By making it digital, gamified and competitive, we’ve created the computer game that manages your health! What’s the best part? You know the old adage, “If Muhammad won’t go to the mountain, the mountain must come to Muhammad”? We’ve brought the solution to the screens of the people, who cannot or will not budge from the screens on a daily basis, in their jobs.
League of the Fit at Hewlett Packard Inc.
Been there, done that: That’s not all, we run the gamut of offerings: online/ offline/ a hybrid model – to pass the wellness message to the workforce. We also focus on partner based deliverables, like tying up with existing health & medical partners to do timely checkups, flu shots etc., but we industrialise it and take the effort involved away from the Human Resources team. We work with emotional/ social wellness experts to show the benefit of solutions such as Bring Your Child to Work. We help the workforce manage its Vitamin M – money – with the help of experts in the field. If its good health of the outdoors kind, we can organize multi-city sports tournaments of any shape or size.
The video of Accenture’s Kids Day At Work 2016, put together by The Fuller Life
Run to the finish line: Of course, when the movement has progressed to a stage where the employee knows the value of investing in one’s own health, then we push it up a notch, and invite them to start what we consider the best low cost, universally available cardiovascular strength program: running! Anyone with minimal investment in a pair of shoes can hit the road. After 10+ years of converting “I can’t run” people into not just 5k or 10k runners, but Ironman athletes and ultramarathoners, we are confident of pushing the wellness envelope off the table.
The HP Charity Run 2015 organized by The Fuller Life