Need for workplace wellness programme stressed

Over 70 per cent of corporate employees are prone to cardiovascular diseases, according to a recent survey conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham). The phenomenon is attributed to demanding schedules, high stress levels, lack of physical activity, and poor eating habits. Majority of the employees are confronted with problems such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.

Night shift workers are 52 per cent more at risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack. People working under such shift schedules are found to adopt higher levels of unhealthy behaviour such as eating junk food and not having enough sleep.

Obesity and depression were detected among 21 per cent of the respondents. High blood pressure and diabetes were found among 12 per cent and 8 per cent respectively of the corporate employees

Around 55 per cent of the survey respondents belonged to the age bracket of 20-29 years; 26 per cent were in the 30-39 year group; 16 per cent in the 40-49 year group; 2 per cent in the 50-59 year group and 1 per cent in the 60-69 year group.

Over 200 employees from various cities were selected for the survey. Delhi ranked top among the cities in terms of the number of people afflicted with heart disease. It was followed by Bangalore, Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, and Pune.

The survey was conducted among corporate employees from 18 broad sectors, with the maximum share (17 per cent) coming from IT/ITes and BPO sectors. Employees working in engineering and telecom sectors contributed 9 per cent and 8 per cent respectively. Nearly 6 per cent of the employees were from market research. Management, FMCG and infrastructure sector employees had a share of 5 per cent each. Respondents from power and real estate sectors contributed 4 per cent each. Employees from education, food and beverages sectors provided a share of 3 per cent each. Advertising, manufacturing and textiles employees had a share of 2 per cent each in the survey.

Spondylosis (5 per cent), asthma (2 per cent), slip disk (2 per cent) and arthritis (1.5 per cent) were also found among the employees. The survey said taking up of corporate wellness programme would improve chronic and lifestyle diseases of India Inc. The benefits of a workplace wellness programme would lead to improved work performance and increased productivity, the report said.

  • Lack of physical activity, poor eating habits reasons

  • Night shift workers more at risk of stroke, heart attack