As mental wellbeing of employees has been a major focus for many companies this year, quite a significant number have announced holidays to give their employees a break from work. October 10 is World Mental Health Day, and Future Generali India Insurance (FGII) has announced a day off on October 11, a Monday, for its employees to break the monotony, rest, recuperate, and also realise the significance of mental well being. The objective is to allow employees time off to rejuvenate and spend quality time with their families.
As a buildup to Mental Health Day, the insurance company is holding mental health workshops the entire week to make its workforce aware of the mental health issues at the workplace.
The Company strongly believes that mental health is as important as physical health, therefore, as Anup Rau, MD and CEO, FGII, puts it, they “have taken several initiatives to start conversations and spread awareness on mental health” as “an organisation is only as strong as its people”. It is FGII’s constant endeavour “ to provide our employees with a positive and conducive work environment. Just like they say that change always starts from your own backyard, we want to walk the talk and implement initiatives that allow our employees to focus on their mental well-being,” Rau adds.
To address the mental wellbeing of its people, FGII has been organising Yoga sessions to ensure mental peace and also has a one-on-one helpline for employees and their families to counsel and help them cope with anxiety, stress, or other mental health challenges brought about by the pandemic.
Quite recently, Khatabook, the fintech firm, had also announced a 10-day break for its employees in the month of September addressing to the mental wellbeing of its employees. Similarly, Godrej Housing Finance also gave a day off to all its employee in September making a long weekend for its staff and giving them time to rejuvinate and join back work with more enthusiasm.
This year in the month of May, HUL and Raheja QBE also gave a day off to all its employees marking it as gratitude day and wellness day, respectively.