Be­ing per­fectly fit

The Smart Manager - - Editorial - Poorn­ima subra­ma­nian | se­nior ed­i­tor

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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Over the past sev­en­teen years, The Smart Man­ager has been bring­ing to you the lat­est in man­age­ment think­ing. And we would like to thank all our read­ers, con­trib­u­tors, and ad­ver­tis­ers, with­out whose sup­port this jour­ney would not have been pos­si­ble.

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