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Workplace Happiness

"Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence."

Greek Philosopher, Aristotle (384-322BC)

Why happiness matters

The World Happiness Report was first published in 2012 and seeks to survey the state of global happiness. The thinking behind the report is that the progress of countries can be assessed by well-being measures. Hence experts from a broad range of policy and statistical domains come together to create the report. The publishers argue that happiness is a more reliable indicator of national health than other traditional factors, such as education, income etc.

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The World Happiness Report ranks the UAE as the region's happiest place to live, and globally, is ranked 28th.

The Report of 157 international countries noted that “the cause of happiness as a primary goal for public policy continues to make good progress. So far, four national governments — Bhutan, Ecuador, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela — have appointed ministers of happiness responsible for coordinating their national efforts."

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The UAE has a vision to top the global happiness rankings

The appointment of a Minister of State for Happiness in the UAE is testament to the seriousness of the President and Vice-President to maintain the UAE's rank in the region and increase it globally. In fact, the vision is to be the world's happiest nation.

Vision 2021 maps out the UAE vision to become the world's happiest nation. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makhtoum said the attainment of the vision was "national development based on core values, led by youth and focused on a future in which everyone achieves happiness."

Companies need to make happiness a priority

Each company has a responsibility to translate the UAE vision for happiness into the business context and ultimately to happier staff and customers. This involves a mix of approaches at different levels of the organisation, from high-level strategic focus to the individual contributor.

In the context of business, this highlights the importance of developing a culture where employees are empowered and creativity and innovation are encouraged. Developing the right organisational culture starts with a company’s vision, mission and values and how that translates to strategy. 

It is teams and individuals that deliver your services to the end customer. Happiness at a team and individual/ attitudinal level is a critical factor. We can train ourselves to view situations positively and with greater optimism. Positive psychology is central to individuals and teams learning to be happier and make greater contributions at both a team and individual level.

We have happiness solutions for business

We have developed a suite of happiness options that companies can adopt to build engagement and happiness at all level - from the strategic level to the frontline. Contact us to know more or meet with one of our team.

Creating your Inner Happiness     Workplace Wellness

  • Embrace change

    08 02 2015 Sunday UAE

    The long-held received wisdom is that people don’t like change. As Niccolo Machiavelli said in The Prince, “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the…

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  • Happiness Means Good Business

    08 08 2016 Monday UAE

    Research proves that happiness leads to better business outcomes and a healthier bottom line. Companies can easily implement initiatives that reap the benefits of workplace happiness.

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  • Women in leadership can boost profits by up to 15%

    23 10 2016 Sunday UAE

    Research of 22,000 companies proves that promoting women into senior leadership drives bottom line results. Taking steps to develop women has proven benefits for company leadership.

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  • Expatriates staying ahead

    13 04 2015 Monday UAE

    Expatriates are often skilled at making things happen. More often than not they are recruited because of competences (attitudes, skills and knowledge) that are not readily available locally. They arrive and get straight on with the job. At the same time, they…

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  • Mentoring for talent development

    10 06 2015 Wednesday UAE

    With population and unemployment figures on the increase, attracting and retaining talent would be should be getting easier. However, some startling statistics suggest otherwise.

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  • Motivation myths

    03 08 2015 Monday UAE

    What makes people behave the way they do? Why do some people seem to be motivated to do well in their work, while others do not? The study of motivation is endlessly fascinating as it concerns the driving force within individuals by which they attempt to…

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  • Selection matters

    29 09 2015 Tuesday

    Mark is the CEO of an SME in the engineering industry. He has just recruited a key member of staff, John, and is beginning to regret it. Instead of getting on with the job the new recruit seems to be needing an awful lot of Mark’s time – time that is…

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  • Targeted training brings many benefits

    19 11 2015 Thursday

    It is sadly common for some companies to look at the cost of training and not see the numerous benefits stemming from it. Some take a short-term view and see training purely as a cost. Others see training as an investment in the future that derives many…

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  • Does leadership philosophy matter?

    01 02 2016 Monday UAE

    The Global Financial Crisis was the worst market correction since The Great Depression. So devastating was its impact, after seven years it is still an event from which many economies are still struggling to recover. It’s common knowledge that the…

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  • The Leadership Challenge: Interview with Jim Kouzes

    06 03 2016 Sunday UAE

    Jim Kouzes, co-author of The Leadership Challenge, sat down with Focus' David Brennan to discuss leadership in the 21st Century, the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, what it takes to be a truly great leader and if leadership is different in the rest of…

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  • Keeping the team on track in challenging times: grief and change management

    21 03 2016 Monday UAE

    Challenging markets can often mean cost optimisation of which staff reductions may be required. Whilst the process of realigning the staff profile is relatively clear, moving the remaining team forward is less so. Dealing with the grief of losing colleagues…

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