Manthan, a wellness program for Japanese corporations, has said that their pilot program involving three top 100 Japanese companies in finance, advertising and healthcare technology, has improved performance, staff engagement and staff retention over the six-month pilot period.
The newly piloted program Manthan (Sanskrit for “churning” the ocean in order to find peace and happiness) begins with an initial 12-week course which introduces the participants to the concepts in the program and helps them set goals and walks them through the techniques of meditation and yoga and touches on mindfulness, empathy, and introspection. The online offering is designed with consideration for the safety and convenience of participants.
Founder and chief guide of the Manthan program, Maneesh Kalra, said: “With the current pandemic and growing movement to work from home, we find new stresses and difficulties in connecting with colleagues in our daily work lives. This leads to lower productivity and reduced staff engagement as the lines between home and work become blurred.
"Our program is about taking the participants on a ‘personal journey’ which is aimed at improving physical and mental condition, and help create a new work/life balance, reducing stresses and strains borne particularly during the pandemic. As this is a journey, we refer to our trainers as ‘guides’ rather than ‘teachers’. Our program is designed to work with HR and people teams and I am pleased to report that in all three pilot programs we were able to achieve increased productivity, staff engagement and, most importantly, the participants felt energized, focused and happy.”
Each course is tailored for the company, with participants being assessed and trainers creating the activities that help achieve a progression in improved condition and well-being. The course can also be a more communal activity, with colleagues worldwide taking part and is considerate of pace, home life balance and working styles. Guides can deliver in both English and Japanese.
The Manthan program consists of:
- Assessment and creating personal goals
- Breathing and meditation
- Yoga and physical conditioning
- Mindfulness and mental resilience
- Break-out sessions with colleagues
- Reporting and accountability
One of the pilot program participating companies is Philips. Its head of Employee Wellness, Ms. Omori, said: "We were so happy we were able to provide our staff with support and training of this kind, and we really see the results of the program that Maneesh and his team delivered. We will be continuing with the course and also look for new ways to help our staff to be happy and healthy in this ‘new normal.'"
More information can be found on the Manthan website.© Japan Today