Staying healthy at work isn’t easy. Whether it’s all the time you spend at your desk, the recycled air spreading germs from worker to worker, or even the accumulated grime on your keyboard, you’re pretty much up against it from the moment you step out of the house.
While some people can mitigate those risks by working from home, that’s not an option for everyone.
Fortunately, there are a growing number of companies whose business model relies on them making the office a healthier place. In the first article of this series, we highlighted some of the South African companies who are doing so. This time around we take a look at companies in the UAE making it easier to be healthy at work.
Regular Engage Me readers might recall that we interviewed Fruitful Day in late 2016.
The Dubai-based company offers custom-made fruit boxes that are then delivered to offices across the region.
While it would’ve been all too easy to stick with boring and familiar fruit choices, Fruitful Day has taken advantage of Dubai’s position as a global transport hub to offer customers a wide variety of fruit from around the globe.
Look, there’s no getting around the fact that vending machines are an incredibly convenient way to get a little extra fuel in your body. But the fuel in most vending machines – crisps, chocolates, and sodas, isn’t exactly healthy.
One UAE company trying to change that is Yalla Eat Healthy. Alongside healthy snacks and drinks, its vending machines offer quick meals as well as food and drink options for children.
And if you’re the kind of person who hates carrying cash, you might be pleased to learn that it has a prepaid card option.
Founded by Emma Carbery, a former corporate HR director, The Workplace Yogi delivers mindfulness and workplace yoga workshops to companies, business teams and individuals.
Its philosophy is that businesses and individuals equipped with these tools are much more likely to thrive and be productive.
While some corporate yoga providers will just pitch up and give a lesson at your office, The Workplace Yogi differentiates itself by offering, among other things: a curriculum tailored to your team, ongoing weekly communication, and a measurable impact.
Yes Chef! Started out in 2009 offering personalised dining experiences to its clients in their own homes.
Since then, however, it has expanded into the corporate space. It delivers daily freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, freshly squeezed juices and many other items. It’s also flexible, meaning that you can use it to cater for a client meeting, an evening function or even just your monthly company-sponsored lunch.
Another company previously profiled on Engage Me, may have been founded in Singapore, but it has a very strong presence in the UAE. It was brought to market in the country by company cofounder Jaya Maru.
Rather than bringing anything physical into the office, Flabuless makes it easier for companies to incentivise their employees to be active and healthy.
The platform allows corporates to set challenges – such as step goals – for their employees. Meeting those goals allows employees to unlock rewards from a variety of food, health, and fitness partners.
While fitness is its primary focus, the platform also allows users to earn points for taking part in other employee wellness initiatives; from corporate health checks to CSR programmes, and even check-ins at healthy restaurants.
Do you work for a UAE-based company trying to make offices healthier? Tell us a little bit about it in the comments section below.