Daman recognises top firms introducing exceptional employee wellness programmes

Corporate WellnessNational health insurance company Daman has recognised five firms who introduced exceptional health and wellness programmes to increase employee productivity in the workplace at Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Awards 2019

The sixth edition of the awards was held at W Dubai, The Palm. 11 companies were rewarded for prioritising employee health and wellbeing, namely, The Executive Council Dubai, Schneider Electric, Landmark, Fine Hygienic Holding, Alpin Limited, AlMansoori Specialised Engineering, Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, Standard Chartered Bank, Now Health International, Sucden Middle East and In2 Consulting.

1-The Executive Council of Dubai

The Executive Council of Dubai (TEC), a primary decision-making government entity in Dubai, incorporates employee Wellbeing as a priority in the organisation’s mission and corporate strategy.

On a quarterly basis, TEC provides health check-ups that are free of charge for employees and urges them to track their check-ups in a dedicated workbook, which will assist them in making the right choices when it comes to their wellbeing. Educational sessions are also provided by TEC to educate employees and promote health literacy in the organisation.

2-Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric has launched a number of policies following their 2020 people strategy to promote social and emotional wellbeing at work.

From “Flexibility at Work” principles to extensive education and training on different health and wellness topics, The senior management is dedicated to promoting a culture that fosters individual and collective wellbeing. To put this in practice, all management at the company are trained in mindfulness and wellbeing to ensure their ability to support their colleagues when needed. All employees are offered “Mindfulness at Work” training, along with in-house yoga, meditation practice sessions and Zumba classes.

3-Landmark Group

Retail and hospitality conglomerates in the Middle East and India, Landmark Group, focused on two main digital initiatives, the first of which involved providing a platform to manage employee grievance effectively, while the second focused on cascading organisation-wide communication. Both of these initiatives were supported by providing free Wi-Fi for all employees to make sure that they can stay connected at all times.

The Group facilitated an organisation-wide single internal communications platform in partnership with Workplace by Facebook in a further effort to build transparency and create a custom integration on the platform – The confidential and credible Listening Helpdesk, where-in employees can reach out to express their grievances directly through Work Chat, Workplace by Facebook’s chat feature.

4-Fine Hygienic Holding

Fine Hygienic Holding (FHH) is the first and largest hygienic tissue and diaper producers in the MENA region. Leading the corporate wellness movement, the company’s own CEO, James Michael Lafferty, who is also an Olympic coach, runs fitness classes for company employees himself in their corporate fitness facility. Leading by example, Lafferty not only trains his employees personally but also takes part in fitness challenges with them for incredible prizes.

The company also offers a range of classes from stress management to dietary counselling and yoga sessions. By recognising that employee wellness does not end with physical fitness, FHH’s offices also have dedicated spaces for employees to rest, relax, meditate and take time out of their busy schedules.

5-Alpin Limited

As thought leaders for sustainability and the built environment, Alpin Limited relaunched its entire wellness programme, Alpin Healthy, to now include a host of new incentives and features such as offering subsidies for its employees for fitness events and walkathons or even to buy personal bicycles.

Alpin organises team-building events like Clean-Up UAE to promote team comradery and exercise, as well as to contribute to the communities in which we live. Other additions to Alpin Healthy include new ergonomic office furniture such as adjustable computer screens, desks, and seats, as well as providing organic fruit baskets and a selection of teas to encourage employees to maintain healthy eating habits and keep their energy levels up.

Recognising that most of their employees spend time indoors, they even focused their efforts on improving indoor air quality. By live-tracking office air quality, they adjust their air filtration system as and when needed. The same efforts are also made towards achieving healthy noise levels as well as impeccable water quality.

Alpin provides wellness assessments with regular follow-ups organised by local wellness experts to help each employee maintain a healthier lifestyle.

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