This year has been tumultuous in many ways. As we enter its last month, we are in a position to better assess the monumental changes it brought upon us. One of the biggest life-altering transformations has been the concept of working from home, or working in reduced numbers with reduced socialisation, and even reduced salaries. Most of these measures have been put in place to safeguard the physical health of employees, but have unfortunately, wreaked havoc on the mental health of people. Hence, ensuring a positive work culture is now more important than ever before.
I recently learned of a company that addressed these grave issues by launching a complete mental wellness offshoot, not just for their employees but for the world at large. Indibni, the parent company of popular online gifting aggregator Indigifts, realised that to sustain its business it would have to do something out of the ordinary. It went digital, increased its sales and consequently began hiring people. Further, to ensure the happiness and well-being of its large employee base, it launched PehlaSukh, a wellness movement with multiple initiatives, through their CSR arm Indifamily Foundation.
The far-sighted and innovative PehlaSukh programme, is known for its 5P’s of Personal, Professional, People, Passion and Purpose. Inspired by this, I have penned 5 ways to ensure a positive work culture in your own work spaces:
1. KEEP THE PERSONAL CONNECTIONS ALIVE
Despite everything being run on digital mode, it is important to nurture personal connections with employees and co-workers. Some of the ways in which Indibni has done this is through the use of vernacular content on their websites, and crafting tailor-made programs for individual needs. There is a significant emphasis on leveraging technology to build relationships.
2. MAINTAIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE PROFESSIONAL SPACE
While working from home, high stress levels and frequent overtime is fairly common, as the barriers between personal and professional space break down. Efforts should be made to maintain these boundaries by encouraging certain practices, including uploading credible wellness related information on websites and social media pages; being approachable through use of vernacular languages; organising frequent sessions with doctors, scientists and researchers in the mental wellness space; providing access to evidence based holistic health content; and having a smooth helpline to converse with experts.
3. GIVE AMPLE TIME OFF FOR PEOPLE TO REST AND RECUPERATE
Continuing from the previous point, it is essential to encourage proper time off to maintain a work-life balance. This can be encouraged by adopting measures such as no-work weekends or Sundays, adhering to regular office work hours and time off when required. Mental stress often leads to unhealthy eating practices which further cause lifestyle diseases. These can be prevented by taking necessary precautions.
4. ENCOURAGE AND APPLAUD INDIVIDUAL AMBITIONS
The pandemic does not have to be a time for individuals to push their passions and ambitions to a backseat. Through the use of support groups, companies can inculcate healthy habitual changes. They can encourage measures for people to share innovative ideas and plans and offer them an outlet to be heard.
5. PROVIDE ACCESS TO EXPERTS AND PROFESSIONALS
PehlaSukh, in particular, provides access to an ecosystem of medical practitioners, nutritionists, dieticians, entrepreneurs, professionals, corporate executives, health heroes and wellness champions dedicated to a methodology known as ‘CWC—Crack the Wellness Code’ by India Community Center; which embraces an evidence-based lifestyle, diet, wellness practices, preventive care, and technological analytics. Originating in the Silicon Valley across the San Francisco Bay Area, the ICC-CWC has many noteworthy initiatives which include gym services, Sevathons, Yoga, Fitness, Senior and Youth Programmes, etc.
Apart from the five points I have highlighted above, the Indifamily Foundation’s PehlaSukh programme conducts free Zoom sessions across the country to help people. Their active usage of digital media and local languages to conduct these sessions is highly appreciated by the attendees. They prepare special programmes based on age, social backgrounds, professional associations and other yardsticks to ensure the best possible results.
It is high time that all companies took a leaf out of Indibni’s book and put similar measures in place to ensure a positive and healthy work culture, and the overall well-being of their professional families.
The writer is a lawyer who pens lifestyle articles on her successful blog www.nooranandchawla.com. She can be found on Instagram @nooranandchawla.
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ARSHAD TO BE SEEN IN TURBANED LOOK IN NEW FILM ‘BANDA SINGH’
MUMBAI: Arshad Warsi will be seen donning a turban in his new film ‘Banda Singh’.
On Monday, Arshad took to Twitter and shared the first official poster of the movie. In the image, he can be seen sporting a turbaned look as he poses with actor Meher Vij. “Really excited to become #BandaSingh for you all. All we need is your blessings,” Arshad captioned the poster.
As per a statement, ‘Banda Singh’ is a survival story of a man and his family, set in North India and based on true events. It is helmed by Abhishek Saxena.
Abhishek said, “I have been looking for a script like this to direct since a long time as my earlier two films Phullu and Saroj Ka Rishta were on social issues but Banda Singh is about survival. I am quite thrilled to go on floors and roll the film with Arshad, Meher and rest of the cast.” ‘Banda Singh’ will go on floors in mid-November.
TRAILER OF JOHN’S ‘SATYAMEVA JAYATE 2’ PACKED WITH PATRIOTISM & ACTION
MUMBAI: The makers of the John Abraham-starrer ‘Satyameva Jayate 2’ finally dropped the trailer of the much-awaited sequel to the 2018 hit ‘Satyameva Jayate’.
The nearly three-minute-long trailer shows John on a mission to fight against injustice, corruption, and misuse of power. He undertakes three different avatars in order to do so.
The trailer, high on patriotism, is packed with action, drama, and powerful dialogues. Sharing his excitement, John said, “I am very happy that cinemas have now re-opened even in Maharashtra and the audiences will be able to experience ‘Satyameva Jayate 2’ in theatres. A film like ‘Satyameva Jayate 2’ is meant for the big screen and for the masses/people who have not been able to watch movies in theatres due to the pandemic. The response by all the exhibitors who saw the rushes has been encouraging, they are also looking forward to the film.”
Divya Khosla Kumar also shared her excitement to be a part of this franchise. “It’s been such a pleasure working with John and Milap. Satyameva Jayate is an iconic film and I am positive that the second instalment will only be a feather to the cap of the film franchise. I hope the audience and my fans embrace me and my performance,” said Divya.
BAJRANG DAL VANDALISES ‘ASHRAM 3’ SET IN BHOPAL
BHOPAL: The upcoming web series ‘Ashram 3’ directed by Prakash Jha has sparked controversy after Bajrang Dal workers ransacked the series’ sets on Sunday during its filming and even threw ink at the director. The filming was going on at the old jail in Bhopal, where the Bajrang Dal workers stopped the vehicles and pelted stones at them, leaving some crew members injured. After the incident, Irshad Wali, DIG Bhopal, clarified, “All the miscreants have been shunned from the premises and no one has been fatally injured, though some vehicles have been damaged. Further action will be taken against those responsible.”
Bajrang Dal Bhopal leader Sushil Sudele said, “We want the film industry to be promoted here in Madhya Pradesh. People should get employment but this land should not be used to humiliate Hindu samaj. In the earlier installment of the series, it was shown that women are exploited inside Ashram, is it so? Stop defaming Hindus and if he wants to gain popularity, then why not name any other religion and see the number of protests that happen. We have given only a warning for now and Prakash Raj has said that he is in talks to change the show’s title.” He added, “I repeat the show’s name will have to be changed from ‘Ashram’ or won’t be filmed here in Bhopal.”
KARTIK STARTS SHOOTING FOR ‘SHEHZADA’
MUMBAI: Kartik Aaryan is wasting no time in jumping from one project to another and is all set to start shooting for his next, titled ‘Shehzada’, with co-star Kriti Sanon.
Taking to Instagram, Kartik posted a classy picture in which he can be seen holding the clapperboard of the film in a stylish fashion. For the picture, Kartik stands on the glossy, reflective floor of an elegant, white corridor. Adding a crown emoticon, he wrote the caption, “#Shehzada Shuru…”
Helmed by Rohit Dhawan, ‘Shehzada’ will mark the second collaboration between Kriti and Kartik after their 2019 hit romantic film ‘Luka Chuppi’. Apart from Kriti and Kartik, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Ronit Roy, and Sachin Khedekar are also a part of ‘Shehzada’.
The upcoming project is an action-packed, musical, family film, which will be shot over various schedules in Mumbai and Delhi in the next several months. The film, produced by Bhushan Kumar, Allu Arvind, and Aman Gill, will release on 4 November next year.
KANGANA ON CLOUD NINE AFTER RECEIVING 4TH NATIONAL FILM AWARD
NEW DELHI: 25 October 2021 will always be a memorable day for Kangana Ranaut as she received her fourth National Film Award. Kangana was awarded the Best Actress Award for her performances in ‘Manikarnika: Queen of Jhansi’ and ‘Panga’.
For the special occasion, she chose to wear a traditional silk saree. She even shared several pictures of her look on her Instagram account before walking up to the stage to receive the award. “All set to receive the highest honour for an artist in the country today …. National Award,” Kangana captioned the post.
This is her fourth National Award. Earlier, Kangana won Best Supporting Actress for her role in ‘Fashion’ and Best Actress Awards for ‘Queen’ and ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’.
After receiving the prestigious award, she took to the photo-sharing application to thank her parents for being her support system. “We all grow up with a deep desire to be worthy of our parents love, care and sacrifices…After all the troubles I give my mummy papa such days seem to make up for all those mischiefs ..Thank you for being my mummy papa I wouldn’t want it any other way,” wrote Kangana.
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NEW DELHI: Katrina Kaif treated fans with a hilarious behind-the-scenes video from the first of ‘Sooryavanshi’ promotions. Taking to Instagram, Katrina shared a video in which she could be sarcastically seen saying, “So guys, this is the first day of promotions for Sooryavanshi, and I have never seen Rohit sir and Akshay so excited, they are ready to go, they are full of energy, they are like,” and turns the camera to capture Rohit and Akshay resting. The moment both of them realise that they are being captured by Katrina, they ask her to stop. “Don’t record,” Rohit could be heard telling Katrina.
“Arre but you wake up at 5 in the morning, you must be tired,” Katrina teases Akshay, who asks her, “What are you doing? We have a reputation,” and both Akshay and Rohit run away from Katrina in a hurry.
Sharing the video, the ‘Bang Bang’ actress wrote, “Just look at the excitement of the boys for our first-day promotions together @itsrohitshetty @akshaykumar #sooryavanshiintheatres #sundayvibes #sooryavanshi Nov 5th.”
Responding to the video, Akshay also wrote, “Waiting for #Sooryavanshi for a year and a half now, a few moments of peace toh banta hai nah! But pranksters like you clearly want trouble @katrinakaif. No worries, #AaRahiHaiPolice.”
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