To De-Stress Employees, Corporates Take ISKCON Route
By Himali Doshi
Ahmedabad: Corporate houses in the city are now exploring power of mantra recitation and turning to spiritual organisations to help their employees manage stress levels. As deadlines and long working hours take their toll on employee health, some of them have approached International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), to teach their employees how to manage stress.
One such company that has sought ISKCON’s help is Zydus Hospira Oncology. “There are several stress management workshops conducted by professionals but they lay emphasis on technical aspects like prioritizing, giving more time to family, etc. These things are well-known. But we wanted to give a spiritual outlook to stress management so that employees can connect with the workshop,” said Mimansa Yagnik, training in charge, at Zydus.
“So we approached ISCKON and asked them to conduct their ‘V Serve’ programme at our office,” Yagnik said.
Sacinandana Hari Das, corporate preacher for ISKCON said that their V-serve programme was specially designed for coprorates and it involved making employees chalk out their life goals. “We also make them realise difference between a positive lifestyle and a workaholic lifestyle apart from imparting power of mantra chanting. It can have remarkable effect on people’s mood,” he said.
Yagnik agrees that mantra recitation has been a powerful and transformative experience. “We realised that such a simple exercise can be done while travelling to work or sitting anywhere and we have seen a renewed zest and enthusiasm among our employees,” said Yagnik.
The sessions also involve lessons from the Bhagwad Gita which they claim help in conflict management, lead to motivation and help in anger and stress management.
Dr Phalgun Shah, member of Ahmedabad Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society, who too approached ISKCON for stress management workshop, said it was because doctors tend not to get out of ‘medical’ talk. “Ask doctors to talk about anything other than medicine and they struggle to hold a conversation. We approached ISKCON as they do not talk about religion,” said Dr Shah. He said their talk is based on stress management techniques based on principles of the Bhagwad Gita.
Nehal Amodia, HR and training head, Hi-Tech outsourcing services, one of the companies that sought ISKCON’s help in aiding its employees to manage stress, said that their 15-minute stress relieving mantra was extremely effective.
Mantras of relief
ISKCON’s V-serve programme involves making employees chalk out their life goals, realise difference between positive lifestyle and workaholic lifestyle and impart power of mantra chanting The sessions also involve lessons from the Bhagwad Gita which they claim help in conflict management, lead to motivation and help in anger and stress management