Creating those healthy work styles in the workplace

Ektaa Sibal, India’s number one Inner-self Transformation Specialist, International Meditation Expert, Global Executive Leadership Coach and Gifted Energy Healer

While the Global CXO community had started realising the importance of well-being, the COVID-19 pandemic brought home how significant wellbeing really is. In fact, well-being was the top-ranked trend in Deloitte’s 2020 Global Human Capital Trends study, with 80% of nearly 9,000 survey respondents identifying it as important or very important to their organisation’s success.

Workplace wellness is essentially well-being initiatives that an organisation adopts as a policy to support healthy actions and to improve overall wellbeing of the workforce. Workplace wellness helps the employees to enrich their physical, mental, emotional, occupational and social well-being.

Holistic wellness includes all those aspects which are required by an individual to carry out their professional and personal lives. Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to living a higher quality life. Wellness matters because everything an individual does and every emotion he or she feels directly relates to their well-being and their professional goal achievements in turn affecting the organisational performance.

The biggest reward arising from wellbeing initiatives is a healthy and happy workforce

By hosting regular Wellness workshops and Wellness Transformation sessions, organisations can benefit largely as it shows the employees that you care about their health and well-being, which leads to improved morale and higher performance.

At this juncture where the world stands, holistic wellbeing has become a true business imperative for any organisation to survive and thrive. Many organisations are already seeing the benefits of incorporating workplace wellness into the corporate culture by understanding the ways to develop effective and healthy work styles for all CXOs and their teams.

Dancing can be a great way to get the blood pumping, increase focus and integrate fun into the workday

A healthy workplace is one in which worker force and leaders collaborate to use a consistent improvement practice to safeguard and foster the health, safety and well-being of all employees.

Attention to employee wellbeing

An average employee spends almost 50 hours a week and eats about 1/3rd of their meals at work. To transform the culture of the organisation by making it more fulfilling, it is imperative for organisations to create a more holistic view towards employees’ wellbeing.

Some important facts to note are-

  • Organisations with highly effective health and productivity programs report 11% higher revenue per employee, 1.8 fewer days absent per employee per year and 28% greater shareholder returns Buffett National Wellness Survey
  • Of employers offering wellness programs, 67% reported increased employee satisfaction, 66% reported increased productivity, 63% reported increased financial sustainability and growth and 50% reported decreased absenteeism IFEBP

A survey conducted by Assocham, Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India revealed that effective workplace wellness programs increase employees’ loyalty, improve work performance, increase productivity and reduce attrition rate.

Benefits of well-being initiatives

When you focus on your wellbeing, you focus on your growth and success, it’s a state where you thrive in every aspect of your life. It’s not just about feeling joyful but more about experiencing a deep sense of fulfilment in your social connections and accomplishments.

In the workplace context, wellbeing is all about building a constructive and positive environment where people are happy to work. By focusing on high employee wellbeing, it becomes a strong predictor of robust financial performance for a business.

Workplace well-being emphasis on taking proactive action to reduce the frequency of stress and burnout among employees. It’s essential that the employees feel safe, healthy, and valued at work so that they can perform at their best. Healthy workers are more engaged and less likely to be absent from their work.

On certain days in a week, let your team take a dance break as they hear some foot tapping music and dance to the tunes

Workplace wellbeing enhances productivity, which in turn is good for any organisation’s bottom line. Organisations and leaders that invest in wellbeing are also more likely to attract and retain the best people.

The biggest reward arising from wellbeing initiatives is a healthy and happy workforce. Such initiatives also bring about exciting results like:

  • Improved morale, productivity, and motivation
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • A strong employee value proposition
  • Increased employee loyalty and retention
  • Benefits that will attract top talent

Routines for a healthier culture

It takes consistency and discipline along with policy driven actions to create a culture of Well-being. However, as a leader when you demonstrate day-to-day patterns of behaviours and work styles which embraces wellness then that becomes the building blocks of culture.

Let’s have a look at some of the daily routines that leaders may teach their team to promote a healthier work culture. For this, know that the best teaching technique is to practice things yourself and become a role model for your team.

Encourage Exercise Initiatives

Physical Exercise has a direct impact on how we perform and engage at work. Implementing an exercise initiative within your company can offer employees a sense of control over their day by reducing stress and, with the right coordination, can foster connections between team members.

#1 Fitness Challenges

Organise and inspire your team to do daily physical exercises such as walking, running, yoga or any kind of exercise that make you move. Create competition and record progress by using tracking devices or apps. Monitoring and appreciating the ones who succeed in the challenges will help in motivating others and create a strong camaraderie in the team.

#2 Dance Breaks

Dancing can be a great way to get the blood pumping, increase focus and integrate fun into the workday. On certain days in a week, let your team take a dance break as they hear some foot tapping music and dance to the tunes.

#3 Social and Team building

Social activities such as creating Book Clubs, Game nights or even practicing and performing Flash Mobs at work place are some activities that can help create stronger bonding between employees, thus creating happier and positive relationships at the workplace.

Normalise Mental Health Talks

In the present scenario, several national and international organisations consider including mental health policies as a priority and make it a part of the Sustainable Development Goals. As the world grapples with huge challenges, investing in better mental health needs to be part of the solutions. The WHO estimates that India’s economic loss because of the prevalence of mental health is $1.03 trillion between 2012-2030. In another study, it was found that 82% of workers with a diagnosed mental illness do not inform their workplace managers about their condition.

An average employee spends almost 50 hours a week and eats about one third of their meals at work

Making mental health a safe topic of discussion at work increases trust and openness between employees and can be a game-changer for wellbeing and your culture in general.

#1 Organise Talks on Mental Health

Inviting experts in the field of Mental Health and Wellbeing to address the employees will help in creating a healthy workplace. As a leader, discussing about mental health issues and building a safe environment helps in creating effective work styles among the leaders and the team members.

#2 Practice compassion and empathy

It is an important fact that to connect with anyone, one needs to practice empathy and compassion to understand different perspectives. As an effective CXO or a leader, you might be tempted to fix someone’s problem or an issue but sometimes it’s just about being with and supporting someone through their struggle is the best direction to take. Being a role model to practice empathy and compassion not just for others but on your own self is also regarded as a required work routine to be followed.

#3 Employ a Wellness or Life Coach

Having a wellness coach in your life can significantly help in maximising your true potential. As a leader or anyone aspiring to become a leader or a CXO can achieve greater heights personally or professionally when they employ a Life or Wellness Coach. As a wellness coach, he or she will offer tools and techniques, that you can use it in aligning with your workstyles, to keep your mind and body healthy, to make you more aware, identify and leverage your strengths helping you to live a fuller, meaningful life that empowers you.

#4 Organise Mindfulness Activities

Being mindful is about paying attention to what is happening within and outside us without judging it. It helps in being more aware of the state of mind and thus creating a stronger connection with self. Consequently, it facilitates the organisation in increasing productivity while developing resilient and a happy workforce. Organisations such as Google, Nike, and Apple have already implemented mindfulness into their culture. Professionals who can coach and teach employees and leaders can help in inculcating a culture of mindfulness while incorporating it in the workstyles of leaders and the CXOs.

Mindfulness activities include-

  • Mindful Meditation – The practice of meditation focuses on one’s breathing, and it helps in getting the minds to focus on present and stop it from wandering or even worrying.
  • Mindful Gratitude – Being thankful and caring towards co-workers and in general to those around is a great technique to appreciate teamwork and collaboration. People who express gratitude are happier, have stronger immune systems and are almost 50% more productive than those who don’t.
  • Mindful Affirmations – Personal Affirmations helps in bringing positivity and reminds one to be ‘mindful’ in life.

To create a culture of wellbeing, everyone’s contribution counts from the top to bottom level. Work routines that are consistent, and encourage the workforce to feel valued, emotionally secure and appreciated, can help in building a holistic healthy environment.

I’m sure that if the leaders and the global CXO community starts following above mentioned work styles, they can positively influence and motivate healthy behaviours in the entire organisation.


Are we prioritising our health and well-being over our work or is it the other way round? A question every high performing leader must ask themselves.

Ektaa Sibal, India’s number one Inner-self Transformation Specialist, International Meditation Expert, Global Executive Leadership Coach and Gifted Energy Healer
Ektaa Sibal, India’s number one Inner-self Transformation Specialist, International Meditation Expert, Global Executive Leadership Coach and Gifted Energy Healer.