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The “CEO Dialogue” calls for investment in the health and happiness of employees, today, Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 03:04 pm
Date: November 11, 2020
Executive heads of a number of the most prominent companies operating in Dubai emphasized the importance of investing in the health, safety and happiness of employees, during their participation in the “virtual dialogue for chief executives” recently organized by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry within the activities of the “Dubai Chamber for Sustainability Week 2020”.
The CEO dialogue was organized under the title “Cultivating a culture of employee health and happiness for the sake of business sustainability,” and was attended by more than 170 participants, highlighting the best practices and effective strategies that can be adopted and applied to achieve employee health, well-being and happiness during the period of the “Covid 19” crisis.
The list of speakers in the virtual dialogue included Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rola Abu Menna, CEO, Standard Chartered Bank, UAE, Stuart Harrison, CEO of Emrill, and Phil Malim, CEO of Serco Middle East. And Andrew Shaw, Group CEO, Ducab, who shared their insights into employee well-being and how to enhance their interactions.
During his opening speech, Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “Caring for the health and happiness of employees was a priority in corporate policy even before the spread of the emerging Corona virus (Covid 19) crisis, as the importance of the topic increased after the pandemic.
Investing in employee health and happiness should be a clear guiding methodology from the top leadership of the organization. The CEO Dialogue is an ideal platform for business leaders to share experiences, knowledge, best practices and lessons they have gained to meet the challenges of “Covid 19”.
Al Ghurair added, “Studies have shown a strong and positive relationship between employee health, happiness, efficiency and productivity in the workplace. In light of the current data, companies should pay more attention to the human side, especially in the current stage that necessitated heavy reliance on technology in the work environment.
Rola Abu Menna, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank in the United Arab Emirates, said that continuous communication, employee empowerment, adoption of an open door policy and a system of flexibility at work were the most important ingredients for creating a work environment that nurtures and supports the interaction, happiness and well-being of employees.
She added that during these difficult times, showing compassion and humanity contributed to improving the well-being and happiness of our employees.
For his part, said Stuart Harrison, CEO of «Emrill»: «The employees are the most important element in any company, and this is why we have adopted a work culture that focuses on our human resources.
As we were keen to launch initiatives and programs aimed at enhancing the physical and mental health of our employees and achieving their happiness, which had a positive impact that had a positive impact on increasing productivity and efficiency at work.
One of the results of what we have done was to reach the common goal that we seek, which is to provide excellent services and achieve business sustainability. ”
In turn, Phil Maleme, CEO of Serco Middle East advised company leaders to maintain constant and continuous communication with employees, provide safety and stability for them, launch new initiatives to enhance employee welfare, embrace innovation and provide advisory support to all employees to reduce their level of stress, stressing the importance of adhering to the company’s values at all times.
Andrew Shaw, Group CEO, Ducab, said: “Now more than ever, business leaders must take responsibility for protecting and supporting their workforce in this critical period, where employee health and happiness are an essential part of the success and sustainability journey in successful companies. , Stressing the importance of listening to employees and building a culture of trust with them.
Dr. Kamel Mallahi, Senior Director of the Business Ethics Center, emphasized that investing in employee health and well-being is a good choice that reflected positively on them, especially during the “Covid 19” crisis.
Pointing out that there is a tendency among happy employees to help their colleagues at work, to show a great desire to accomplish their tasks, to have an initiative and to provide the best services to customers, which increases their job satisfaction and loyalty to their organization.
The Dubai Chamber of Sustainability Week 2020, which is being held during the period from November 8 to 12, witnessed the organization of a round table discussion to discuss challenges, opportunities and solutions related to the flexible work environment.
The relevant stakeholders touched on some innovative technologies that can be used to enhance the standards of employee health and happiness. The week’s activities also included the launch of a campaign entitled “Together to Provide a Happy and Healthy Work Environment” aimed at encouraging companies to take practical measures to improve the health and happiness of their employees.
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