Dubai Police wins the award for being the ‘happiest place to work’ in the region. This makes the organization the happiest workplace in the public sector and Schneider Electric the best in the private sector.
The fourth edition of the Happiness@Work Award that takes place annually in Dubai (2020 edition) recognized and celebrated the happiest and most innovative organizations in the region. The awardees are organizations that disrupted existing employee engagement and wellbeing norms to create a new normal in the workplace. […]
The awards were instituted by Sustainable Mindz, a centre for strategic sustainability and corporate responsibility in the Gulf and Mena region. And the award aims is to promote happiness and positivity in workplaces.
In the small and medium enterprises (SME) category, the award went to Xworks Interiors LLC. While King Abdullah University of Science & Technology – Government Affairs (KAUST) picked up the honour in the not-for-profit category.
Life’s purpose is to serve others and the environment around us.Dr Saamdu Chetri
This edition picked out regional companies that stood out for creating a happy workplace, and having a good work-life balance. It also recognized them for their focus on sustainability, and for a host of other positive steps that makes for an inclusive workplace.
There were a total of 40 nominations that was based on multiple parameters. And the applications were evaluated by a jury panel across seven different award categories, with the Happiest Workplace being at the helm.
Happiness is a process and not an end-goal.Dr Saamdu Chetri
This is the first-of-its-kind initiative in the UAE and the wider region. Also, the Happiness@Work Award has completed four cycles. So far, 54 organizations have received 64 awards across 6 different categories.
Excellence in the Face of Challenges
“Regardless of the challenges the world faced in 2020, organisations have continued to work towards creating happiness and value for their employees. Every organisation that nominated themselves for the current edition of the Happiness@Work Award is a winner. Each have demonstrated that they take employee happiness seriously. And that they are committed to creating a workplace culture that values employees and their wellbeing,” said Vineetha Mathew, founding partner, Sustainable Mindz.
Dr Saamdu Chetri, chair of jury, Happiness@Work Award, said: “Life’s purpose is to serve others and the environment around us. The Happiness@Award is doing this by recognizing engaged and happy workplaces. Also, happiness is a process and not an end-goal. And it depends on how we perceive, sense, and understand from within to see the outside. Everything we see is within and not outside of us. Thus, let us change within to see the outside we want.”
Happiness is the cushion that allows us to absorb the shocks of life. It is also the ladder that elevates us to serenity and content.Dr Mansoor Anwar Habib
Other Category of Awards
In the public sector, the Best Employee Engagement Programme category awards went to Dubai Police and Fujairah Natural Resource Corporation (FNRC). Aafaq Islamic Finance got the same award in the private sector. While Paramount Computer Systems received the same award for the SME category; while King Abdullah University of Science & Technology – Government Affairs (KAUST) got the award for the not-for-profit sector.
In the ‘Best Workplace Wellness Programme’ category, L’Oréal Middle East and Schneider Electric from the private sector were declared winners. While in the SME list, Xworks Interiors LLC and Paramount Computer Systems were the winners.
In the Best Workers Welfare Programme category, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology – Government Affairs (KAUST) was the winner, while Sharjah Self Defence Sports Club received the Happiness@Work Appreciation Award.
Winner of the Best Work-Life Balance Programme Category
Dubai Police won the Best Work-Life Balance Programme category award in public sector entities; while Ras Al Khaimah Customs Department won the Happiness@Work Appreciation Award.
Sharjah City Municipality won the ‘Best Workplace Sustainability Programme’ award in the public sector, and Xworks Interiors LLC in the SME sector. The private sector winner in the Best Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Program category was Schneider Electric, while L’Oréal Middle East won Happiness@Work Appreciation award.
“It’s an honour to be a jury on such an important award platform. Happiness is the cushion that allows us to absorb the shocks of life. It is also the ladder that elevates us to serenity and content.” said Dr Mansoor Anwar Habib, jury, Happiness@Work Award.
The award jury members included Dr Saamdu Chetri, visiting faculty, Rekhi Centre of Excellence for Science of Happiness, IIT Kharagpur; Dr Yasmin Al Bulushi, project manager for Eitmad, Oman; Jane Fiona Cumming, Founder, Article 13, UK; and Dr Mansoor Habib, head of sustainability and wellbeing, du, UAE.
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Your celebration is yours to design.
Research from a 2020 TELUS International survey found four out of five workers struggle with shutting down for the night, while almost half of employees feel less mentally healthy while working from home. And there lies the challenge. So, how can remote workers feel like an engaged member of a company’s team and overarching culture when there is little or no in-person interaction?
Here are some tips for remote-work celebrations that make working alone and from home a little less isolating.
The perks of remote work are vast. It includes the freedom to set own schedule, and get to work with different teams across the globe. In most days, it feels cool to have pajamas as work uniform.
Plan Your Own Annual Celebration
Choose an activity that brings you happiness, e.g. spa day, because your celebration is yours to design.
Celebrate Your Accomplishments on a Smaller Scale
Set up regular lunch or coffee dates with colleagues and friends; where you can celebrate each other’s wins, and encourage each other through challenges.
Also, learn to carve breaks into your day. Likewise, it’s important to have an accountability partner who can check in on you.
Try to fully enjoy your positive experiences and practice savoring. Start to appreciate life’s small pleasures, and thereby promote your mental health and well-being.