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Employee Health Benefits Directly Affect Engagement And Loyalty

About the healthcare, it is the mental aspect that needs much attention, bridging the mental health gap at home and work


The health of a country/business or employee is as much about mental health as it is about the physical well being. According to WHO, half of the world is lacking healthcare. The world needs healthier people to take it forward.

About the healthcare, it is the mental aspect that needs much attention, bridging the mental health gap at home and work. Workplace peace can bring calmness to the individual. There is a lot that employers are doing to help their employees maintain better health; a win-win situation for both.        

Health insurance for the employee and family is one of the most important requirements of the employee, and employers should not look it as a burden, instead as an opportunity for better engagement with the employee and being out the loyalty factor.   

Ushasri Tirumala, Senior VP & GM, Manhattan Associates believes it is critical to support the employees in medical cases for the organisation as well. She believes the health benefits is more than just fulfilling the responsibility, but is aimed at genuinely improving the employee benefits.

Ushasri added, “Manhattan Associates offerings to the employees include programs like yoga, zumba, annual health check-ups, health habba, blood donation camps etc. A point to be highlighted is the nutritional advice where a renowned nutritionist advices employees on a regular basis. They also provide space where sick employees can rest and recuperate if required. A resident doctor is available every day for employee consultations too.”

The whole benefits program not only helps employees but also helps managers become sensitive to issues faced by employees, and provide any support required at work.

Similarly, Mondelez India believes if they are to grow their business, they need to grow their people first; and therefore they put holistic efforts to take care of employees’ wellness. Mondelez wants to enable a joyous life for their colleagues across different life stages. The wellness program aims at enhancing not only physical wellness but also mental and financial wellness of the colleagues.

Mahalakshmi R, Director – Human Resources, Mondelez India says, “We have partnered with service providers that help undertake proactive medical health checks for our colleagues like many other progressive organizations. However, what sets us apart is that these are then followed up with much focused segmented wellness plan by employee pool to activate actions to encourage a healthy lifestyle.”

Mahalakshmi added, “With focus on mental wellness, given the stressful lives we lead today, we try to ensure a balanced lifestyle for our colleagues, whether it’s through a competitive leave policy or through flexi work arrangements that have been prevalent for over a few decades now, and are leveraged by colleagues irrespective of gender.”

Mahalakshmi concluded saying that while holistic wellbeing and engagement of colleagues is a critical part of their employer proposition; Mondelez aims to expand these efforts each year.

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