Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
Ritisinha
Engineer, Journalist, Trainer, Certified

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Dear members,
On one of the WA groups of HR, Administrator of the groups, Mr Rajaram Thorve, has raised the topic for discussion. Today's topic for discussion is on Employee Wellness Programmes He has asked the following questions:
Should the organization organise health talks, medical camps for employees at regular intervals?
Is it true that the employees may misunderstand, if instigated by some employees or unions that the medical camps are organised to declare them medically unfit to remove from the services of the organization?
How would you create an awareness and positive environment about health of employees and the intention for organising medical camps?
Would you display health tips with pictures at conspicuous places or by way of mails for educating employees?
I have given the replies to the above questions and these are as below:
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Dear Mr Rajaram Thorve,
Replies to your question are as below:
Q. 1 Should the organization organise health talks, medical camps for employees at regular intervals?
Reply: - Yes, spreading health awareness is always important. Occasionally, company should organise these events.
Q. 2 Is it true that the employees may misunderstand, if instigated by some employees or unions that the medical camps are organised to declare them medically unfit to remove from the services of the organization?
Reply: - Using medical records to terminate an employee is plainly misplaced fear. Can some authority take risk of tempering with the medical records of the employee? The chances are quite remote. What if employee takes second opinion and if it emerges that he is medically fit? In that case who will be responsible? Going further, in the extreme case out of malice, some senior manager takes this risk to remove 1-2 employees but this malpractice cannot be executed on a large scale.
Q. 3 How would you create an awareness and positive environment about health of employees and the intention for organising medical camps?
Reply: - The examples of spreading health awareness given in the first question are adequate.
Q. 4 Would you display health tips with pictures at conspicuous places or by way of mails for educating employees?
Reply: - Yes, to spread health awareness, these means can very well be adopted.
[b]Final Comments[b]: - Conducting health camps and spreading health awareness apart, HR can go further. HR needs to do the following:
a) HR can very well measure loss of productivity because of the employees’ sickness. This is much easier said than done. Not necessarily for the employee wellness but productivity measurement is always a challenge for HR.
b) Second thing that HR can do is to identify how many employees are working well beyond their working hours. Long working is silent killer. In few companies or industries, long working hours has become norm. Operations manager openly say “in our industry everybody puts up long working hours”. This is a plain rationalisation and sometimes HR is just mute spectator to it. HR must step in to reduce the excess working hours.
c) Third thing is about identifying occupational diseases associated with the industry. Occupational disease, any illness associated with a particular occupation or industry. Such diseases result from a variety of biological, chemical, physical, and psychological factors that are present in the work environment or are otherwise encountered in the course of employment. If HR does not take any steps to identify and eradicate occupational diseases then the employee awareness programmes will become vacuous.

Thanks,
Dinesh Divekar
26th March 2018 From India, Bangalore
In my opinion corporates, trainers and consultants need to start looking at employee wellness programs beyond just employee health and sickness issues. Wellness is more than just being free of disease. It is a process of change and growth. Everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. Within a corporate set up , it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness (Physical, mental and social well-being) in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions amongst colleagues, with bosses, with subordinates, customers etc. Skill gaps, job fatigue, lack of empathy, feeling unheard... all of this comes under wellness and corporates need to find ways to help employees cope if they want to ensure HAPPY EMPLOYEES and in turm a HAPPY BUSINESS.
6th April 2018 From India, Bangalore
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