Source | TImes Of India : By Neha Alawadhi
NEW DELHI: With a competition from startups and more flexible workplaces hotting up, the research and design centres of multinational companies are investing more and more in healthcare and wellness benefits to retain employees, a new study by research firm Zinnov has found. The ‘Employee Benefits Study 2015’ conducted across 40 companies in India found that as many as 70% conduct medical check-ups, 60% provide gym reimbursement, 45% have an in-house doctor and 42% conduct wellness talks. The study included software, engineering services, automotive and semiconductor verticals.
“Benefits is one of the critical levers through which companies can retain employees, make them (feel) wanted,” said Anand Subramaniam, engagement lead and programme manager at Bengaluru-headquartered Zinnov. “The wellness aspect has to do with employee care and support, so organisations are looking to see how they can go out of their way to support employees,” he said. According to the study, some companies run ‘Fitbit programmes’, where all employees are given wearable devices to track their fitness levels. The companies organise competitions frequently and reward the most active teams, based on the Fitbit activity record.