29 Oct 2015 20:09 IST

ITM hosts workshop on work-life balance

Swarna Sudha S, Head – Digitisation, Talent Development, TCS Ltd

The importance of key human needs - physical, mental, spiritual and social - was discussed

ITM Business School recently hosted a workshop on work-life harmony for budding corporates.

Speaking on the occasion, Swarna Sudha S, Head–Digitisation, Talent Development, TCS Ltd, Chennai, said: “ It’s important to develop a mission statement for oneself that best describes an individual’s definition of life, based on their experiences and factors they feel are crucial to their existence. Every move thereby should be consistent with this stated mission, which should be a focal point of motivation at both individual and collective levels of existence.”

She also spoke on the importance of catering to the four quadrants of human needs -- physical, mental, spiritual and social. Human life is dependent on each of these aspects; none of which should be neglected. She went on to share some practical ways by which one could tackle a busy schedule and, at the same time, not compromise on any of these crucial aspects.

The session was followed by a panel discussion titled: Work-life harmony for productivity and well-being. Madhavi Mallineni, VP–HCM Practice, Hexaware; Vasuki Mathivannan, Consultant Psychologist, Explore Counselling; Mallika, Founder, SAMM Juke Box and Ramachandran K, Senior Consultant, TCS Ltd, Chennai were the panellists.

The panel discussed how wrought with complexity and unpredictability today’s work environment is, with its serious repercussions on the personal, professional and physical well-being of an individual. The conclusion: a harmonious integration of work, family and personal life is more meaningful and effective. So it’s imperative to have an understanding of work-life harmony and one should find ways to achieve it.

Three more sessions followed: one was on the spiritual quotient by Sister Neelima, Brahmakumari’s Institution; a session with Dr Dharini Krishnan, Consultant Dietician Chennai on health and wellness; and a session on yoga by Yoga Guru Vinod.

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