Being perfectly fit
Among the plethora of New Year greetings that inundated my inbox, one was slightly different—besides wishing me a pleasant year ahead, it wished that I found time for ‘myself ’ and had ‘an easier life’. Sent by a friend (also a former colleague), it set me thinking—do I devote enough time to myself? The answer to that, quite unsurprisingly, was a big no. Most of my breaks in the recent past were either spent on acquiring job-related skills, recovering from an illness, or fulfilling my family’s immediate needs. Somewhere between balancing work and life, many of us seem to relegate personal well-being and health to the back burner. As per the Assocham report, Corporate Wellness Programme: Benefits to Organisation and Economy, over three-fourths of the respondents (76 percent) denied that they can fall prey to heart diseases, cancer, diabetes, or stroke. As Dr A B Govindaraj writes in our new column, Health and Wellness, “most managers are driven by the myth that time is money and they need to be productive every minute.” He further goes on to say that a mindset change—on viewing downtime as an opportunity to rejuvenate oneself—will occur only when organizational culture stops rewarding those who take less time off.
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