MEED on 2 April launched the Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Awards 2019 and is calling for entries from UAE employers that are committed to promoting employee health and wellness.

You can enter the Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Awards 2019 here.

Now in their sixth year, the awards are established as a leading benchmark for best practice for employers in both private and government businesses across the UAE.

Corporate culture is a key factor in attracting and retaining talent, and employee health and wellbeing initiatives play an important role in defining culture within an organisation.

Every year the Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Awards seek to raise the bar as UAE business leaders and their teams embrace the benefits of better workplace health and wellness and the impact it has on both team performance and the bottom line.

Over the past five years, Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Award winners have shown that such programmes boost employees’ social connections and their ability to work as a team, and also result in increased productivity.

A 2018 Gallup study found that about 23 per cent of employees reported feeling burned out at work very often or always, while a further 44 per cent reported feeling burned out sometimes.

In the US, it is estimated that burnout accounts for $125bn-$190bn in healthcare spending each year due to non-communicable diseases in those under the age of 45, including type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and high cholesterol as well as stress.

Benefits such as gym membership, fresh fruit bowls in the pantry and mindfulness training have all been successfully deployed by the UAE’s leading employers and winners of the Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Awards.

Previous editions of the Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Awards have seen how seemingly simple initiatives, such as using standing desks, creating interdepartmental teams, setting fitness goals and encouraging employees to get up and stretch, contribute to fewer sick days.

“Simply showing your employees that you care about them and want them to thrive at work is often enough to retain and nurture loyalty,” says MEED group commercial director Sonia Kerrigan.

MEED is calling for employers committed to improving employee wellness to enter the Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Awards 2019 and help promote happier work places across the UAE.

“You may feel that your business is too big to change, or that it is too small to be able to afford to focus on employee wellbeing,” says Kerrigan. “But company size and budget should not be a block to employee health and wellbeing. Using already tight funds to boost employee wellness may seem inferior to other efforts to drive revenue growth, but it is proven that investing in a happier, healthier and more productive workforce delivers very real returns.”

Please visit the Daman Corporate Health and Wellbeing Hub for more tips and case studies.

The Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Awards 2019 are open for entries here.