Work-Life Balance | This percentage of employees are struggling for ‘work-life balance’, revealed in the survey

Pimpri: Increasing workload, multi-tasking and cross-functional skills, adoption of remote working methods, low wages and pay cuts, job retention dilemma 81 per cent of corporate employees struggle to achieve a ‘work-life balance’ and 56 per cent of this proportion are women, it concluded. The survey on ‘Prevalence of mental health and wellness at workplace’ was conducted by Aditya Birla Education Trust’s initiative ‘Empower’ and Global Market Research and Public Opinion ‘IPSOS’, two organizations. A survey of employees across ten sectors was conducted, highlighting the challenges and issues faced by corporate employees across major cities in India. The survey, which lasted for about five months, examined and studied the mental and physical health of more than 3,000 corporate employees. A survey was conducted of employees working in ten sectors of important cities of India including Pune. The survey was conducted in these cities along with 3,000 employees in the areas of Banking, Automobile, IT, Hospitality, E-Commerce, Healthcare Education, FMCG, BPO, Durables in the cities of Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmedabad. A survey was done. This includes Manager, Senior Manager, Account Manager, Director, Associate Vice President, Vice President, Managing Director, CEO etc. This survey, which lasted for about five months, studied job, work balance, stress in family and relationships, economic instability. This includes 1,627 males and 1,373 females. Also read Salary cut hits employees hard Lack of motivation and stress among Pune employees are also major problems. The pay cut has hit city employees hard. Salary cuts have resulted in 48 per cent employees, while 46 per cent employees are facing inadequate pay. When it comes to health and fitness, back pain is a major concern for people in Pune. 46 per cent of the respondents cited this as a problem. Additionally, 34 percent of people in Pune complain of knee pain. Dr. Sneha Arya, Psychiatrist and Head of ‘Empower’ Pune Center and Dr. Ambrish Dharmadhikari, Psychiatrist and Associate Vice President, Clinical Operations and Rural Initiative of Empower, gave the above information in a press conference. The survey report was published in this conference. It is affecting social life, relationships Dr. Sneha Arya said that there has been a significant increase in the number of youth between the age group of 24 to 40 coming for counseling. Work-related stress and lack of work-life balance has become a matter of concern for the individuals of Pune. Constant work stress, long working hours and a culture of always being on the job are leading to mental health problems such as burnout, anxiety and depression. It is affecting their personal and social life, relationships as well as workplace. Women employees are facing more trouble in this. With the competitive nature increasing the stress levels of employees, Dr Ambareesh Dharmadhikari said that continuous, multi-tasking and cross-functional working practices are becoming the norm in Pune, the hub of job and business opportunities. As a result, the highest level of tension is here. Corona has brought mental health into the limelight. The competitive nature of the corporate world is increasing the stress levels of the employees. Companies need to develop counseling, mental health services, complementary policies for work-life balance, communicative and inclusive spirit for the employees. Organizations should give priority to the welfare of the employees. Corporate burnout, mental health among employees, stress is at an alarming level. Concrete action is needed to solve the problem. Through ‘Empower’, efforts are being made to raise awareness about mental health along with conducting mental health counselling, dialogue sessions and de-escalating mental health discussions. Mental health needs to be addressed through policy changes at both the government and corporate levels. Appropriate steps should be taken to create a healthier, more productive workforce for the betterment of our nation by giving priority to mental health. -Doctor. Neerja Birla, Founder Chairperson, Aditya Birla Education Trust and ‘Empower’

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