CGP India Employee Health & Wellness Round Table - Dec 2016

- Contributed by Sunita Cherian

CGP India hosted its 8th Round Table on the 2nd of December, 2016 at the ITC Windsor to discuss Mental Health in the corporate world and how companies are providing Health and Wellness support to their employees.

The key speakers were Ms. Anna Chandy - Chairperson of The Live Love Laugh Foundation, Ms. Sunita Cherian - Sr. Vice President HR of Wipro Limited, Ms. Chaitrali Singh - Director- Human Resources of ZS Associates India Pvt Ltd and Ms. Kameshwari Rao - Vice President- HR of Sapient Consulting.

Workplace Stress : Impact and Outcomes

Speakers and Panelist at the HR - Forum
R to L : Ms. Dedeepiya Ajith John, Sr. Research Advisor, SHRM India, Mr. K Raghavendra, Senior Vice President & Global Head HR-Infosys BPO, Mr. Raja Shanmugam, Chief People Officer, Happiest Minds Technologies, Mr. V Raja, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Philips India, Mr. Ajay Nanavati, Former Managing Director, 3M India, Ms. Lynette Nazareth, Clinical Programs Director, CGP India, Ms. Sabita Rebecca, Business Director- Sales & Marketing, CGP India

June 23,2016 - ITC Windsor, Regency 2 Hall, Bangalore

This year CGP initiated a Research on Workplace Stress to study the impact of Stress on Performance, Productivity and the Organization’s Top line. The results of the study was launched at the SHRM Tech 2016 Conference. As the results was both astonishing and an eye opener, we organized a HR Forum to present this in Bangalore for Senior Professionals in the Industry.


HR BEST PRACTICES FORUM, Hyderabad : Employee Health & Wellness

Nov 19, Radisson Hitec City, Hyderabad

In continuation of CGP Top 10 Ranking 2015, our first forum was organized at the Radisson, Hyderabad. It was led by Sucharita Palepu, Global Head-People Practices and Policies - Tech Mahindra, which stood second in this year’s Ranking. The team spoke about Wealth of Wellness (WOW) program at Tech Mahindra which aims at harnessing the power of Science & Technology and connects all stakeholders with the Health & Wellness Program.

This was attended by CA Technologies, Amazon, Medplus, Franklin Templeton, Signode, Infosys, Dell, Monster India, TCS, Ocean Sparkle, Accor to name a few.

HR BEST PRACTICES FORUM, Delhi : Employee Health & Wellness

Nov 20, The Westin Gurgaon, Gurgaon

The Delhi Forum was led by Microsoft which came 1st in CGP Employee Health & Wellness Ranking 2015. Parul Gupta, Director – Compensation & Benefits, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd., spoke about the wellness brand at Microsoft “Live well – 365”. She spoke about the Trigger, the Data driver, the actions taken and the impact. The objective was to have a world class Health & Wellness Program for all employees.

This was followed by knowledge sharing and a timely eye opening session by Deepshikha Thakur from Shree Cement Ltd. which stood 4th in the Ranking. Hero Moto Corps, Shree Cements, Deloitte, Shubham Housing Development Finance Company are a few companies who attended this forum.

HR BEST PRACTICES FORUM, Mumbai : Employee Health & Wellness

Dec 4, JW Marriott, Mumbai

Multi Screen Media (Sony Entertainment) which stood 3rd in the CGP Top 10 Employee Health & Wellness Ranking 2015 lead the Employee Health & Wellness Forum organized at the JW Marriott, Mumbai.

Smriti Singh, Executive Vice President & Head-Human Resources, Multi Screen Media (Sony Entertainment), emphasized on the fact that the Health & Wellness at MSM is a focused approach and is a part of Employee Engagement. Driving engagement on all parameters especially Wellness ensures Employees are able to Balance their life goals with work goals and develop greater connect with the organizations.

HR BEST PRACTICES FORUM, Bangalore : Employee Health & Wellness

Dec 11, Hyatt, Bangalore

Infosys BPO got the 5th place at the CGP Employee Health & Wellness Ranking 2015. Mr. Raghavendra K, Senior Vice President and Global Head - HR, Infosys BPO, shared the Health & Wellness Practices at the firm and what initiatives the organization has taken towards Employee Delight. Life at Infosys under Heath & Wellness is categorized in 4 main groups – Health, Safety & Wellbeing, Infrastructure and Facilities, Employee Delight in terms of Programs and workshops and workplace fun activities. Infosys has been one of the forerunners in creating policies and an environment & culture for their employees.

Microsoft, Scania, Tesco, Robert Bosch, Philips, IBM, Maini, Salesforce, Happiest Minds and HCL were some of the participants of this forum.

HR BEST PRACTICES FORUM, Delhi : Employee Health & Wellness

July 10, 2015 ; Gurgaon

In continuation of the Bangalore Forum on Employee Health & Wellness Best Practices, Chestnut Global Partners organized the 2nd Forum at the Westin, Gurgaon on 10th July 2015. Mr.Ramendrajit Sen, VP – HR, HP presided over this 90 minute session, sharing some of the Best Practices followed by HP on Employee Health & Wellness. The participating firms added a wealth of information and knowledge on the initiatives taken and practiced in their respective organization.

Some of the prestigious firms which attended the Forum were Hero Motocorp, Canon, Sony Entertainment Television, Indigo Airlines, Apollo Munich, Bharti Infratel, Carrier Midea, Rio Tinto, Fiserv, Ritu Wears, Accor Hotels and Starwood Hotels.

HR BEST PRACTICES FORUM, Bangalore : Employee Health & Wellness / Release of report on ‘Measuring the Stress levels of Employees in Indian working Environment’


June 12, 2015 ; Bangalore

Workplace Stress is a critical challenge that impacts the business, industry and the employee. Chestnut Global Partners in a first ever study to benchmark stress & well being in the industry in India, identified areas of concern that impact the wellness quotient of the employees at the workplace.

This was released by Mr. Ashok Soota , Executive Chairman, Happiest Minds Technologies, Mr.Raja Shanmugam, Chief Peoples Officer, Happiest Minds Technologies and Mr. Nobby Nazareth, Managing Director, Chestnut Global Partners, India. The prestigious firms which attended the Forum were SAP Labs, HCL, Schneider Electric, Robert Bosch, Intuit, Sonata Software, Volvo, Oracle, AT&T, ITC Infotech, Honeywell, InMobi, Tesco, Man Hummel, METRO, Infosys, Thomson Reuters and many more.

Click here to download the detailed report.

APEAR 2015

April 16-17, 2015 ; Goa

Asia Pacific Employee Assistance Roundtable ( APEAR )

As a not-for-profit organization, the Asia Pacific Employee Assistance Roundtable (APEAR) is a regional forum for the promotion of the highest standards of practice and continuing development of Employee Assistance professionals, providers and services. Employee Assistance (EA) is a work-based program designed to improve organizational performance through the provision of structured management and employee support services.

Since 2003, APEAR has attracted a growing number of industry leaders, line supervisors, health professionals, trainers, human resource professionals, medical advisors and those interested in employee work performance, productivity and safety. Registrants come from across Canada, US, Australia, India, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Europe and Singapore. In addition to networking, registrants pick up skills on a variety of topics that address people wellness and effectiveness from different countries and customise it as per their needs.

APEAR 2015 was organised by Chestnut Global Partners in Goa, India on April 16-17, 2015.

SHRM India Annual Conference & Exposition 2014

Delhi; September 25, 2014

EAP: Effectiveness and Outcome Measurement

TOPIC: Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Effectiveness and Outcome Measurement

Matthew S. Mollenhauer, VP - Operations, Chestnut Global Partners presented the Effectiveness and Outcome Measurement of Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The presentation reviewed the evolution of addressing EAP effectiveness by moving attendees through a historical look at how EAPs have been measured. This included EAP utilization but moved toward a research-based measurement of clinical and workplace outcomes as well as addressing the possibility of calculating true return on investment.


When it comes to Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and Wellness, a large section of the corporate in India are offering individuated and various stand alone programs but few have articulated a wellness strategy. However, many not only plan to articulate a strategy, and communicate and deliver on it, but infact go a step further and use this strategy as a way to differentiate from their competition and build a stronger employment brand.

A recent study done particularly focusing on Wellness in India shows that:

  • - 65% of the surveyed clients felt that Employee Wellness is essential to the organizational health strategy
  • - 54% of the respondents expected the organisation’s support towards Health & Wellness to increase and another 18% expected it to increase ‘significantly’
  • - 62% of the respondents felt that as a part of the Employee Assistance Program, it is important to develop a culture where employees are responsible for their health and understands its importance
  • - Improving emotional/mental health of employees (Stress and Anxiety) is seen among the top 3 priorities of the organization

Today, employers in India are not only focusing on developing and EAP and Wellness strategy but also measuring the efficacy and impact of such initiatives in the organization.

The presentation will review the evolution of addressing EAP effectiveness by moving attendees through a historical look at how EAPs have been measured. This includes EAP utilization but moves toward a research-based measurement of clinical and workplace outcomes as well as addressing the possibility of calculating true return on investment. The EAP field has come a long way in better showing it’s value over the past few years and this presentation will reinforce that. True outcomes metrics from the US and Asia will be shared.

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