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MPower releases survey on 'Mental Health And Wellness Quotient @Workplace'

MPower, an initiative by The Aditya Birla Education Trust, in collaboration with IPSOS, on Tuesday, revealed the results of a ground-breakin...

MPower, an initiative by The Aditya Birla Education Trust, in collaboration with IPSOS, on Tuesday, revealed the results of a ground-breaking survey ‘Mental Health and Wellness Quotient @Workplace 2023’ shedding light on the startling challenges faced by corporate employees in major metropolitan cities of India. The survey, conducted over a period of 12 months, examined the mental health status of 3,000 corporate employees from 10 sectors across eight major Indian cities, including participants from Kolkata. Kolkata-based employees were found to have several unique challenges that need to be addressed by corporates to improve their mental health.

"Kolkata's work culture has seen a significant shift towards long working hours, tight deadlines, and a high-pressure work environment, leading to a rise in work-related stress and its adverse effects on mental and physical health. The correlation between work pressure and hypertension, diabetes, and cholesterol is concerning, and it is crucial for organizations to prioritize their employees' mental and physical health,” said Dr. Preeti Parakh, Psychiatrist and Head, MPower The Center Kolkata.

“Providing support to employees to manage stress and promoting work-life balance can go a long way in preventing these health issues. Companies can offer flexible work arrangements, promote a culture of openness and communication, and provide mental health support through employee assistance programs, counselling services, and workshops. These measures help prevent health issues and result in a happier and more productive workforce. It is time for companies to recognize the impact of work-related stress on their employees and take proactive steps to promote mental and physical well-being. By doing so, companies can create a healthy work environment that benefits everyone involved," she added.

Work-Life Pressures - The survey revealed 89% found it challenging to strike a good-enough work-life balance and this is exacerbated by the pattern of expecting employees to work on leave - which was found to be second highest in Kolkata, i.e. 88%; Delhi was highest at 90% and Mumbai at 84%.

 Financial Pressures - Insufficient salary and pay cuts emerged as the top financial challenges observed across industries, job roles, and cities. Among cities, pay cuts and job loss were more evident in Kolkata in comparison to either Delhi or Mumbai. Over 52% of respondents in Kolkata reported experiencing financial pressures due to insufficient salary, with pay cuts affecting 56% of respondent

 Current Health Issues - Back pain, diabetes, and hypertension were the top three ailments faced by employees across domains, cities, job roles, industries, and age brackets, with a risk of stress levels. Kolkata specifically suffered from hypertension, high cholesterol, and arthritis, which were significantly higher in Kolkata than in other cities. 44% of respondents in Kolkata reported suffering from hypertension, while high cholesterol was reported among 31% of employees and arthritis affected nearly 25% of respondents - all of these figures were higher than in most other cities.

Leave Policy - While the leave policy is largely satisfactory, the majority of employees are expected to work while on their day off or on leave. The survey found that 63% of respondents in Kolkata reported being expected to work while on their day off or on leave, the highest prevalence among all cities.

MPower’s first centre which came into being in 1986 in Mumbai, set up its Kolkata centre in April 2021.

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