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Employee wellness gradually becomes a priority for employers in the UAE

August 21, 2014 1:21 by

The discussion of employee satisfaction is beginning to dominate many conversations around the country.

Xerox has released its ‘Working Well: A Global Survey of Health Promotion and Workplace Wellness Strategies’report, studying the work environment around the world, conducted by Buck Consultants. The findings show that while overall wellness is not the current priority in the UAE, employee safety is a primary concern.

Although many in the UAE are still in the process of catching up with this global trend, Krishna Patel, director of recruitment company Elite Talent Solutions, tells Kipp: “Over the past 12 months we have really seen a shift in how employers value employee wellness. Dubai is rapidly expanding again, resulting in a shortage of skilled employees. A number of employers in Dubai have to reach out to international talent to fill their vacancies. They now understand it is very important to keep their current employees happy to stop them leaving.”

The issue with the UAE may not be that employers are callous, but they have not yet been exposed to the benefits that prioritizing employee wellness will reap.

The ‘Working Well’ report states the possible benefits: A decrease in the number of sick days, increased employee retention and better team dynamics.

Patel continues: “Two key benefits arise for employers when improving employee wellness in the workplace – staff retention and productivity. If your employees are happy and enjoy coming to work, their output will be at least what you expect from them if not more. You never want to lose a member of staff and if you lose one because of employee wellness, you will really kick yourself, as it’s something that can be addressed easily!”

As it stands for employers around the country, a little will go a long way in creating a happier, and thus, more productive workforce.

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