When the Wellbeing at Work event took place in Dubai last week, Engage Me was there as an exhibitor and media partner.
The event brought together HR and business leaders from across the region. It addressed some of the latest workplace trends and employee happiness developments and successes that are enhancing individual and organisational performance in companies across the Middle-East.
Here’s what we learned:
Development should be strengths-based
Opening proceedings at the event was Bruce Young from Gallup, who discussed the impact of strengths-based development in the workplace.
This approach takes the position that leadership should help employees identify, cultivate, and use their strengths at work. By doing so, it posits, employees are far more likely to succeed, thrive, and remain engaged than if you focused on their weaknesses.
Young also emphasised that a research-based approach is vital for sustainable growth in any organisation, no matter what size.
The UAE has big wellbeing plans
We’ve written about it previously, but the Wellbeing at Work event once again underlined how seriously the UAE government is taking the wellbeing of its population.
By 2020, the country hopes to be among the five happiest on the planet. Ensuring that the companies within the country look after their employees’ wellbeing is crucial to achieving that goal.
Employee wellbeing has big business impact
When it comes to the business impact of employee wellbeing, there was a large degree of consensus among the speakers at the event.
During a panel on leadership Expo2020’s Kimi Sokhi pointed out that “engagement equates to bottom line profits”.
The Hilton Group’s Director of Compensation & Benefits for the Middle East, Africa & Turkey Julia Miller meanwhile spoke about how important a healthy employee culture is to attracting top talent.
When it comes to employee wellbeing, it’s all too easy to focus on initiatives like exercise and food. One important element that tends to get overlooked, however, is design.
As Oliver Baxter of Herman Miller pointed out, design can have a major impact on employee happiness.
During his talk, Baxter discussed the 10 most common tasks done by office employees and how they can be improved through good design.
Technology is playing a major role in its evolution
Technology is impacting on every aspect of the workplace, including wellness.
Addressing this theme at the Wellbeing at Work event was IDEMIA’s David von Lochem. Among the biggest technological factors he sees coming into play when it comes to workplace wellbeing are the ability for people to work from wherever they want, increased efficiency and convenience, and bots taking over mundane tasks.
In a world where technology is often seen as a negative when it comes to workplace wellbeing, it was refreshing to see a more positive perspective.
It was a privilege to yet again be a media sponsor of the wellbeing at work event & we look forward to seeing what 2018 holds for the space.