UAE. A growing number of companies in the UAE are giving their staff a wellness boost to promote health and wellbeing as well as encourage better employee engagement.
A recent MEED survey of 136 companies showed 66% of respondents are now implementing wellness programmes in the office, up from just 45% since 2014.
The study was conducted ahead of the 2017 launch of the Daman Corporate Health Awards, which has become an important benchmark of corporate health and wellness across businesses in the UAE.
“This is a great improvement from just a year ago, an encouraging sign that bodes well for not just the individual welfare of employees, but also the overall wellbeing of the company,” says Dr. Michael Bitzer, CEO at National Health Insurance Company – Daman, headline sponsor of the Daman Corporate Health Awards, organised by MEED which recognises workplace wellness initiatives in the UAE.
Past winners of the annual awards programme have experienced major improvements in employees’ health and wellbeing as well as improved efficiencies and productivity in the workplace. For instance, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, last year’s winner of the the Daman Award for Corporate Health and Wellness Initiative, reported a 10% increase in employee health and wellbeing as a result of their wellness initiatives and a reduction in employee absenteeism by 56%.
In addition, 20% of the workforce who participated in Sehati, the in-house wellness programme of Dubai Chamber, have developed healthy habits that they can now maintain over time.
According to Dr. Bitzer, recognising these initiatives helps increase awareness about the growing importance of wellness programmes in the workplace and encourages companies in both the public and private sectors to develop and implement similar programmes.
Corporate wellness programmes are also critical to addressing stress levels at work. According to the survey, majority of the companies said their employees have difficulty managing their workload and maintaining a work-life balance. But 52% said they have initiatives in place to combat stress among their employees.
Companies and organisations with wellness programmes are encouraged to submit their entries to the 2017 edition of the Daman Corporate Health Awards through the following website www.corporatehealthawards.meed.com. The deadline is 27 April 2017.
Photo Caption: Dr. Michael Bitzer, CEO at National Health Insurance Company – Daman
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About Daman Corporate Health Awards
Launched by MEED in 2014, the Daman Corporate Health Awards are the only platform for the best employers in the UAE to be recognised for their commitment and success in improving corporate health and wellness.
The awards recognise board directors, human resources, corporate social responsibility, communication leaders and best employers in the UAE for improvements and initiatives in corporate health, including education on nutrition, weight loss, non-smoking initiatives and exemplary work environments, which foster increased productivity and innovation.
The awards will welcome more than 300 guests including finalists, winners, sponsors, partners and supporters representing the most committed organisations in the UAE in health and wellness.
For more information, please visit www.corporatehealthawards.com.