How will the UAE support happiness in the workplace?

Wellbeing at work has become a national priority following the launch of a set of guidelines that aims to enhance employee happiness in the workplace.

Implemented as part of the National Program for Happiness and Wellbeing, due to come into effect in March, the initiative sets out 120 practical examples of measures that can be put into effect to help develop a positive work culture and improve productivity and performance.

Aimed at both private and public sector organisations, the scheme is based on four pillars: employee health, strengthening relationships, goal-setting and accomplishment and establishing purpose in the workplace.

The health pillar focuses on ways to improve employee wellbeing by promoting mental and physical health, mindfulness and emotional intelligence, as well as methods to achieve a work-life balance and establish a positive environment.

The professional relationship pillar will concentrate on workplace bonds, promoting effective communication and its effect on performance, while the achieving capacities pillar highlights the importance of empowering employees and ways to develop their skills.

The final pillar, establishing purpose, will offer solutions to help companies and employees better align with one another’s objectives.

Commenting on the scheme, HE Ohood bin Khalfan Al Roumi, minister of state for happiness and wellbeing, noted that employees are the government’s most valuable asset, and companies must be given the tools to safeguard their employee’s health: “Enhancing workplace wellbeing reflects positively on the work environment and boosts performance
and productivity.”

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