According to research, more than 92% of the workers suffer mental burnouts from stress linked to their working place. The recent Covid-19 situation has contributed to an increase in mental issues, especially amongst the corporate employees. Many thriving companies are using mediation as a tool to empower a community of healthy & happy employees. One such company taking initiative in this direction is Viraj Profiles Limited, the largest Indian manufacturer and exporter of stainless-steel long products. The organization wholeheartedly invests in the development of human capital to utilize the untapped potential & to create opportunities.
The company has set up meditation centers across all its office locations in India to improve the mental well-being of its employees. Mr. Neeraj Kochhar, Chairman & Managing Director, Viraj Profiles Ltd, who himself has been regularly practicing yoga and meditation had given an insightful thought before implementing the company’s first wellness program in April 2020 for his employees to cope up with the stress. He believes that meditation has many in-office health benefits at mental & also at the physical level.
The company organized its first live webinar on 04th May 2020 with the renowned Brahma Kumari Sister Shivani for its employees, partners, and suppliers, etc. The program was much appreciated by all the participants and from that day onwards there was no looking back. Since then, Mr. Kochhar has made sure to organize regular motivational sessions for his employees. The program has continued to help employees as well as their partners to live healthier and more active life. The company, in association with Brahmakumaris; has organized more than 450 motivational and meditation sessions for its employees in the last one and a half years covering around 9,000 employees across all levels.
The benefits of conducting such sessions for the employees were soon evident with the increased positivity and productivity amongst the employees. Going a step further, the company launched another weekly interactive session called Good Morning Viraj. Talking about the program, Mr. Neeraj Kochhar, Chairman & Managing Director, Viraj Profiles Ltd, said “The program is named as “Good Morning Viraj” and is organized every Saturday morning with the participation of each & every employee in the office and plant location. We also invite a guest speaker from Brahma Kumari to share their views & enlightening perspective to cope-up with stress, especially in the current times. In past, we have invited Sister Shivani, BK Yogini Behn, Suresh Oberoi Ji, and several other prominent speakers.” Mr. Neeraj Kochhar further adds, “At our Boisar plant, you’ll find a dedicated Meditation Centre with the capacity of more than 150 people and our employees are free to use that facility at all times. You will also find a separate meditation room at our Head Office as well as all other offices. We consider our employees as one of the most valuable assets as they help us scale greater heights. We invest time & resources to ensure that their overall growth and mental well-being is emphasized upon”.
He further added “We offer free consultation and personalized mental guidance to everybody in and outside the office. Initially, the employees felt odd about the meditation program but currently, the session is witnessing regular attendance and encouraging participation from the employees. Health is the focus area for every individual but most people ignore their mental well-being. I always encourage my employees to take care of their physical health, mental stability & follow an active routine”.
Mr. Kochhar was recently honored with Golden Achievement Award by Brahmakumaris during their annual program at their Head Quarters in Mount Abu. The program was attended by more than 300 members of Brahmakumaris and was streamed live all across the globe. Mr. Kochhar has been honored for his dedication and commitment towards bringing in a positive change in society and amongst his Viraj family of more than 9,000 employees.