1038 The thrive program for achieving holistic wellbeing & work-life balance. sharing experience from hindustan unilever limited, india

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Abstract

Introduction

As employees are its greatest asset, Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) launched THRIVE PROGRAM in 2016 for achieving their holistic well-being to thrive in this VUCA world with aim of strengthening Wellbeing. Mental Health is given same priority as Physical health vide HUL’s Mental Wellbeing Standards (Policy).

Methodology

Thrive Program is structured for HUL workforce comprising of Managers, Executives and factory workers (n=18558). Managers and Executives completed on-line training modules and subsequently attended THRIVE WORKSHOPS, conducted by Trainers (from HR and MOH) who were trained by Expert Faculty on a globally uniform curriculum. THRIVE is designed on 4 Pillar Wellbeing Framework (4PWF): mental, physical, emotional and purposeful providing practical solutions to sustain each wellbeing area to cope with pressures, while feeling focused, energised and maintaining work-life balance. All employees’ including factory workers had access to EAP counselling line 24 × 7 manned in nine languages by qualified counsellors. Subsequently, WELLBENG WEEK was initiated showcasing different ways to leverage (4PWF), following which Wellbeing Wednesdays were launched with 40 activations where 7000 employees participated in key events on Fitness, Ergonomics, healthy nutrition choices and recreation.

Results

In 2016, 6257 employees completed modules 0.11160 attended Thrive sessions [5264 factory workers and 5896 white collar with following feedback (n=866 participants); 98% could understand Unilever Wellbeing Framework, of which 37% rated it above average; 93% rated course content, material delivery, instructor skills and knowledge above average, 72% felt that instructor presented the material clearly indicating effectiveness of the program model. 65% are confident of applying what they had learnt and 58% would recommend this course to colleagues.

Discussion

Every organisation must have a MENTAL HEALTH POLICY for achieving holistic wellbeing and work-life balance. Initiatives like THRIVE PROGRAM and WELLBEING EVENTS are successful with good participation because of uniform curriculum for worker groups, followed globally in every country.

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