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  • Writer's pictureShubham Parse

Kaur Lass, Managing Director / CoFounder at Wellness Orbit

Great Companies: How did you get your idea or concept for the business?

Kaur Lass: The idea of training your mind before you home in contact with any health challenges became as in modern workplaces we mostly use our head and brain as our main 'tools'. A fit mind can be engaged and productive. When we started the digital mental wellness gym things were bad, 7 years ago one out of every four people had suffered from a mental health disorder at some point in their lives. Today almost every third person experiences mental health issues. Most of it is due to a total lack of intrapersonal education and due to that, we lack the inner skills to keep our minds well.

We see mental wellness as a vast arena relating to quality of life and work engagement. However, we can remain well, when we train our minds to stay well. We all go to the gym or exercise our bodies in some way, even if it is merely taking our bodies for a walk or bike ride. A similar regular training approach for our minds/brains had been missing. The mental wellness gym approach where you train your mind/brain fills that gap. It is beneficial for the individual as it allows them to thrive and focus and it is beneficial for the employer as it improves employee engagement, productivity and self-leadership skills.

Great Companies: What are the various services provided by Wellness Orbit

Kaur Lass: We offer only fully digital mental wellness trainings. However, we have several online trainings. Everyone out of those trainings ticks the following boxes:

Self-assessment when starting and finishing up each training;

Instant feedback and self-development tips based on self-evaluation;

5 professional video sessions with mental wellness experts;

Quick quizzes to properly integrate the learned after each video training session;

A workbook that adequately supports individual wellbeing and group discussions.

Great Companies: What makes Wellness Orbit different from hundreds of other similar service providers?

Kaur Lass: Wellness Orbit introduces an exciting new dimension to mental health, shifting the focus to proactive mental wellness and keeping healthy people in good mental shape. This path represents a departure from the dominant disorder-based reactive or treatment-centric approach that dominates in mental health discussions today. The approach we bring forward is based on learning intrapersonal skills while you are well or relatively OK. Having intrapersonal skills allows us to enjoy a more outstanding quality of life and be more creative. For employers, such improved self-leadership skills increase productivity and improve employee engagement.

The key here is the optimal use of all inner functions as the proactive mental wellness approach based on learning intrapersonal skills. Such a systematic approach that we have developed is new. And we have made it fully digital! The concept of training your mind digitally is new as well.

Great Companies: What were the struggles and challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?

Kaur Lass: The greatest struggle we face is related to making the new proactive mental wellness approach widely known. Our main challenges are related to minimal resources as we have launched and developed Wellness Orbit on bootstrapping method. For example, how to advertise and market training your mind when our budget for this is non-existing. Also developing the terminology that people can relate to has been challenging.

Great Companies: How do you plan to grow in the future? What does 5 years down the line Wellness Orbit?

Kaur Lass: We had quite grand plans when we started, life has made huge corrections to those plans. Now we stick to our vision – we want to see workplaces where people have excellent mental sharpness and mental fitness. We also want to reduce stress, burnout and work-related mental health issues, as those are possible to nip in the bud. In 5 years we want the mental wellness revolution to reach at least 1 million people.

Great Companies: If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Kaur Lass: Consistency matters, all great results and achievements take much more time than we initially predict. The key part of consistency is prioritizing your own mental wellness above all, your resilience truly matters as entrepreneurship is a marathon.

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