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Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Radical Inner Change – Instituting Wellbeing in Organizations

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Increasingly people are looking for workplaces that provide for growth, purpose and fun. While wellbeing is a wider concept than this, it is a part of being able to attract and retain people. The purpose which the organization provides needs to align sufficiently enough with person’s own purpose for both to thrive. Without this, neither are able to provide the necessary ingredients a flourishing organizational relationship needs - engagement, performance, productivity and retention.

Organisations are becoming aware that to retain their best talent and to work in collaboration with them, organizations need to focus on how people are faring at times of change and increasing pressures. Organizations are also realizing that they need to expand their focus to look at aspects like identity, meaning, purpose, self-expression and creative outputs.

Managers and leaders alike need to be aware of their own contribution to organizational wellbeing and have awareness of their own effects on how people perceive the organization. One cannot lead effectively without being healthy and balanced. Producing conducive environments enables true engagement - working with passion and connections. Working from a growth perspective also means employing more positive responses to enable everyone to grow.

Wellbeing in general covers the following areas: career, financial, physical, mental and psychological, community and social. In this programme we focus on physical, mental and psychological within the community which here refers to the organization. While career and financial are equally important areas, this course is focusing on self-awareness, growth, and contribution. We look at health and relationships (inside and outside), community, environment (in a broad sense), security and safety, growth and contribution.

What promotes wellbeing? The ability to be flexible, open and at the same time be aware of one’s boundaries and work on them when necessary. This includes being mindful, open to suggestions, and ability to be present, as well as being able to draw boundaries, be firm and recognize stressors. Mindfulness as a noun means quality of states of mind or it can refer to certain practices termed as mindful. In this programme, we use mindfulness in both senses as an umbrella term for various approaches, practices and states of mind-body.

What decreases wellbeing? One of the main reasons is stress. While it is part of life, there is a significant difference between being caught into a long term stress or just having a short stressful moment, such as an unusual traffic jam when going to work. The longer stress is present, the more it affects the mind and body – and through people, the organization. This means lowered capabilities in decision making, learning and memory as long as stress is on (and even beyond). While there is good stress and bad stress, it is usually the bad one that we focus on, while both are in different ways important. Stress is triggered by ambiguity, unclarity, perceptions, gaps between what is possible and what is not, just to name a few.

In this programme, we develop ways to recognize wellbeing, practices to avoid overburdening oneself and the organisation and how to build better practices by becoming aware of oneself and one’s responses. Finally, we also introduce participants to different mindfulness practices that they can use in order to manage stress and stressful situations.

We welcome you to join the journey!


The objectives include

  • understanding different facets of wellbeing in organizations;
  • becoming more familiar with signs and symptoms of both individual and organisational stress;
  • being able to avoid getting into stressful mind-set by introducing mindfulness practices;
  • being able to introduce different practices that minimize stressful situations and introduce more open and positive alternatives;
  • developing ways through which you can introduce better practices in your own organization.
  • learn how to create new pathways and rituals that can pave the way for greater wellbeing while at work.

Lerning metodology

This programme combines lectures, exercises, experiential practices, interactive sessions, peer-to-peer interaction and group work.

Who should attend

Executives in managerial role, practitioners, entrepreneurs, teachers and leaders of educational institutions.


Dr. Sari Mattila is a full-time visiting faculty and OB-HRM Area FPM Coordinator at IIM Bangalore. She received her Ph.D. degree from Tampere University of Technology in the field of Management and OB/HR after an integrated Master''s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Joensuu (now part o...
Ramya Ranganathan teaches Post Graduate, Doctoral and Executive Courses on Organizational Behavior, Crafting Careers, Aligning Personal Values and Goals, Managing Inner Worlds, Positive Psychology, Nurturing Creativity and Excellence, Intrinsic Motivation, Emotional Intelligence, Managing Stress ...


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