Everything we know about the UAE’s National Wellbeing Strategy 2031

Everything we know about the UAE’s National Wellbeing Strategy 2031

New details have emerged about the UAE’s National Wellbeing Strategy 2031 from the office of the Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.

The strategy, approved by the UAE Cabinet on Tuesday, set out a comprehensive 10-year plan that aims to make the Emirates a world leader in quality of life.

Ninety projects, to be implemented by various government bodies, and five new centres were launched to support this goal.

The strategy established:

  • A National Wellbeing Observatory to track the UAE’s progress against global wellbeing indicators.
  • A Future Generations Wellbeing Academy that will train and upskill government employees to adapt to this “new approach to government work”.
  • A National Wellbeing Council to manage the implementation of the strategy and ensure government bodies are aligned in their approach.
  • Community Design for Wellbeing Centres where communities can design policies and initiatives to boost wellbeing.
  • And a National Lab for Behavioral Sciences where scientific and practical approaches to improve wellbeing in policies will be developed.

These centres, coupled with the 90 initiatives, hope to improve the physical and mental health of the population, social relationships, education, and the efficiency of government services.

Ohood Al Roumi, the UAE’s Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing, said the strategy represented a “new government approach focusing on individuals in the UAE.”

She said policies and initiatives would be designed considering the wellbeing and happiness of people first and that these would build on the work of the National Program for Happiness and Wellbeing launched in 2016.

The UAE Government’s new strategy will target three main levels: the Nation, Community and Individuals.

On the national level, the strategy aims to ensure a prosperous economy; efficient and effective government in the fields of education, health, social services, security, safety and the rule of law; government work flexibility, reliability, efficiency and transparency; the building of vibrant livable cities and communities; the establishment of a sustainable lifestyle that preserves national resources; support for a vibrant and diverse national culture by organising cultural and recreational activities; maintenance of national identity and cultural diversity, and fostering a connected community.

On the community level it aims to foster cohesive and stable families with strong positive relations and robust values; a co-operative community characterised by strong ties and positive values; and promote Emirati culture and identity. It also aims to create positive environments for work and education, empower individuals and provide them with opportunities for growth and development, and focusing on building secure, meaningful, positive digital communities.

And finally, at the the third level, it aims to promote active and healthy lifestyles, healthy nutrition options, good mental health, positive thinking and good life skills.

Source : https://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/everything-we-know-about-the-uae-s-national-wellbeing-strategy-2031-1.874372?fbclid=IwAR2mnuDKwuYjWw9HOHRtVhx2niuCHk0P58b40sPE6IW98A3j6aqMyG3SAPA

Leadership: How to Become a Leader | Leadership Success

Simon Alexander Ong | Life Coach & Business Strategist

Successful leadership is about creating more leaders by empowering those that you are responsible for and creating a safe place for them to explore, experiment and improve. As Bob Burg and John David Mann noted, ‘your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first. Even if you don’t happen to occupy a traditional leadership position, that doesn’t mean you’re not in a position to influence others, to inspire and empower others, to be the catalyst for others’ greatness. To champion their success; to hold them up.’ Some of the characteristics of successful leadership shared in this video are that it’s not about you but those that you are in a privileged position to serve; the importance of self-awareness; and, cultivating a space and culture that places employee wellbeing and growth at its core.

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Four Causes Of Burnout

Four Causes Of Burnout

Okay, so if you haven’t heard, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that burnout can be medically diagnosed.

Which is pretty crazy if you think about it, working too hard a medical diagnosis? This is where the lines could become blurred. 

Burnout is a serious condition. It completely changes the way your body functions, your mental state and the way you process emotions. It’s not something to be scoffed at. 

For people who have suffered from burnout, they will tell you it changed everything for them. The way they worked, exercised, ate, spent time with family and friends. Literally every aspect. 

I understand a lot of people look at burnout as something simple to overcome, it really isn’t that simple. 

So let’s break it down, what is burnout? 

It is complete physical, mental and emotional exhaustion from experiencing prolonged stress. 

I have mentioned in previous articles/blog posts that that stress doesn’t always start off as a negative. For some people, it can be positive. 

The WHO has suggested that you get burnout from overworking. But what are the causes? 

I think we have to look at a lot of different facets to get to the answer.

1) Expectations

Expectations can cause a lot of conflicts if not managed properly. Whether it’s between managers and employees or the expectations people put on themselves. 

Here’s my experience working with clients who have suffered burnout, they usually suffer from their own expectations. Their willing to exceed their any expectation. 

Now, I’m not saying that’s always a bad thing. However, we have to look at what cost? For a lot of top performers, burning out is their worst nightmare. They will have no choice but to slow down. 

On the other hand, what if managers or employers expectations are too high. This is something I have also seen. Where there is simply not enough time in the day to physically do the work. People can bust their butts trying to reach specific deadlines or targets, which are simply unachievable. 

I have had one client say they literally worked 20 hours straight to reach a deadline. Annnnnd did those hours multiple times. That is a clear indication that the workload was too high. 

Not only that, if you are constantly working towards an unachievable goal/deadline/target, switching off is going to be a problem.

2) The 9-5 is DEAD

What a dream that was. Coming into work at 9 am and leaving at 5 pm, what a life. 

I have to say I’ve never worked in an industry where I was able to work 9-5, but hey, it was a thing. Most people I speak to are working a lot longer than that. 

Then with the development of technology, work hours have dramatically changed. People can check their emails and receive phones calls at all times of the day. 

Technology has given people a lot of freedom. However, it has also changed the way we work. The hours we work and how much “downtime” we get. 

Not only that, people are programming their brains to react to every sound and vibration their phones make. Creating a new phenomenon where people are always “on”.

People have become incredibly reactionary to their phones. This doesn’t allow them to really switch off if they aren’t proactive about it.

3) Lack of Feeling Accomplished and Satisfied

Okay, so this is a little follow on from number one. Let’s think about this logically. If you are unable to hit your goals, targets or hit deadlines would you feel accomplished or satisfied? I’m going to take a wild guess and say no. 

This is the mental and emotional aspect of burnout. If you don’t feel satisfied, accomplished or valued continuously, you will burn out. 

A lot of employees who don’t reach their manager’s expectation (let alone their own) they won’t feel that buzz you get from succeeding. 

Can you imagine never being able to relish in any success? It’s pretty bleak if you ask me.

4) Culture

This is a HUGE one for a lot of companies. I know countless people who have left their job burnt out because of the terrible culture. 

Working in an environment that’s toxic is incredibly mentally and emotionally draining. 

Trying to hit your targets, deadlines and goal while managing a toxic work culture won’t keep any good employee. 

What we have to remember is stress has a very detrimental effect on the body. All of those areas can cause stress day in and day out. This is what causes burnout. The way responds to stress. 

Reducing those stressors is the first step. 

Are they the only causes of burnout? No, there are a lot of other areas when looking at burn out. It doesn’t always come from work. This is why people need to recognise the warning signs.  

I guess my only concerns with burnout being diagnosable now is what are doctors looking for?

The WHO has said they are looking for:

1) Depletion in energy 

2) Increase in mental distance from work 

3) Reduced professional efficacy 

They have also said they need to rule out other mental health issues. Such as anxiety, adjustment disorders and mood disorders. 

My personal concern is that anxiety can be a symptom of burnout. 

I hope the handbook on burnout from the WHO will be a little more detailed.  Those symptoms are quite generic. There also needs to be more clarification around certain areas.

What are some take-home notes?

Burnout is a complicated illness. There isn’t one solution. There isn’t one answer. 

Companies will need to take a personalised approach to how to prevent and overcome burnout for their employees.

Stress is the biggest factor when it comes to burnout. Finding solutions, investing in education and changing protocols is important. 

If you want to know The Six Stages Of Burnout, click here. 

If you want more information about stress, anxiety or burnout head over to my website. There are loads of articles, blogs and videos. 

You can also reach out to me directly here. 

Katie Maycock – Anxiety Specialist 

Contact: 07398643614


5 Reasons Why Employee Engagement Is So Important

5 Reasons Why Employee Engagement Is So Important

A successful business owes a lot of its success to its employees. As such, it’s important to keep your employees happy, productive and eager to work. If at the end of the workday your employees run for the exits, leaving you to turn out the lights then perhaps it’s time to take a look at your employees’ engagement.

What is Employee Engagement?

According to Forbes, employee engagement is the emotional commitment an employee has to the organization he or she works for and its goals. In other words, it means that the employee actually cares about their work and the company they work for. They are not just working for a paycheck or another promotion, but instead, are truly interested in working to help their company meet its goals. And when an employee truly cares, he or she will give their absolute best to the organization and be happy to do so. The result? Better business outcomes.

So when it comes to running a successful business, employers should make employee engagement a priority. Here are five reasons why.

1. Better Engagement Equal Better Productivity

When people really care about something, they truly try their best. And they do so because they want to. This is especially so when it comes to the business world. When employees are engaged at work, they feel an actual connection with the company. They believe the work they’re doing is important and appreciated, so, therefore, they work harder. And when your workers are more productive, your customers are happier and the business is more profitable.

2. Less Employee Turnover

Have you ever worked at a job where you felt like your work was unappreciated? If so, how long did you stay there?

Employees who feel appreciated, respected, needed and wanted are much more likely to enjoy their jobs than ones who feel unappreciated. These are the employees that will be less inclined to look for work elsewhere, and more inclined to do their best work.

In addition, employees who are happy and enjoying their jobs are also more likely to form connections with their coworkers. And a happier team that works well together is a more productive team which in turn leads to a more profitable business. Besides, wouldn’t you prefer to be surrounded by happy workers who enjoy coming to work?

3 Increased Customer Satisfaction

In many cases, it is the employees who are directly involved with the customers. And customers that have a positive experience are much more likely to keep coming back than those who have a negative one.

When your employees are engaged, they are much more likely to be positive and enthusiastic about the company’s product or purpose. They are also far more likely to deliver a positive customer experience than a negative one. We all know that satisfied customers are happy customers. And happy customers will keep coming back.

4 Better Management Teams

Low levels of employment engagement can also lead to negative perceptions of company management. Employees often disengage and stop supporting the management team, and some even lose sight of the company’s mission. The support of the employees is paramount when any business organization wants to grow and innovate.

5 Better Creativity

Another reason employee engagement is so important is because employees who know that their ideas are heard, considered, respected and appreciated, are more likely to come up with new ideas and better solutions. They are creative, excited and driven. Disengaged employees, on the other hand, have little interest in being creative or even contributing to the bigger picture. And who can blame them if they feel that they are not needed and unappreciated?

Final Thoughts

If you want employees that show up and are involved, not just because they’re paid to be, but because they’re invested, emotionally or otherwise, then employee engagement should be at the top of your list. Engaged employees are more productive and efficient. They are more interested in their jobs, less likely to quit and driven to provide a better customer experience. They are happier at work and in their lives as well. And all of this translates to a better business outcome.


The Six Stages Of Burnout

The Six Stages Of Burnout

Katie Maycock | Anxiety and Digestive Health Specialist

There has been a lot of talk about burnout, but what is it really? 

Burnout is complete physical, mental and emotional exhaustion stemming from prolonged stress. 

That’s what it means in a nutshell. Burnout can change everything. The way your body digests, fights off illnesses, the way you communicate with people and the way you view yourself. 

Before I get too heavy, let’s cover something off really quickly. This stress does NOT have to be negative. What?!  

I know, I know. I’m hearing you now ask yourself “if the stress doesn’t start off as a negative how can it be so detrimental?” 

I will absolutely answer this in Stage One Of Burnout. 

Before I start, I also wanted to share some really concerning statistics about burnout. 

From a recent Gallup study of 7,500 employees, they found that 23% of those full-time employees have felt burnt out very often. 

On top that, 44% also mentioned they felt burnt out sometimes. 

That my friends equate to 2/3’s of employees feeling burnt out. 

Anyone else a little bothered by that? 

Not only that but feeling burnt out also leads to:

  • A 63% increase in the likelihood of taking a sick day. 
  • 2.6 times more likely to resign. 
  • 23% more likely to visit the Emergency Room.

That is quite unsettling. Not only for the people who are suffering but also for companies. A lot of employees who end up burnt out are top performers, high achievers and the highly motivated. 

Losing a top performer to burnout is preventable.

What can we do?

We need to understand the stages of burnout. Burnout is something that can and does creep up on you. In saying that there are warning signs. The sooner you recognise those warning signs and understand the stages, it will become a lot easier to prevent. 

Let’s get started.

Stage One Of Burnout: Excitement.

Yes, you read that correctly.

A lot of the time burnout starts with excitement and optimism. Maybe it’s due to a new job, a new goal, a new target or even an exciting life event. 

This excitement and optimism make it easier to concentrate, there’s an increase in energy, productivity and output. 16 hour days? No problems at this stage! 

Working overtime? It’s a breeze. 

Getting up after 4 hours of sleep still motivated? Absolutely! 

Feeling like a superhero? Most definitely. 

Not taking care of yourself? This is for certain. However, you still feel great. It’s as if nothing can get in your way. 

This is what I call the “I’m getting addicted to adrenaline” phase. Which is really difficult to break.

Not only that, a lot of people end up getting positive feedback in this stage and they start associating certain behaviours with success. Which is usually not be sustainable.

Stage Two Of Burnout: Let’s Work Harder!

This is when small cracks begin to show. Maybe the initial energy is starting to wear off. 

You are becoming a little tired. However, you have associated certain behaviours with success. Maybe these behaviours are working long hours, not resting, working weekends and not caring for yourself. 

Instead of taking this as a warning sign, you keep pushing through. Fighting to get back to Stage One. 

I’ve seen this time and time again. Instead of seeing this as a sign to rest, people push through. 

I was even one of those people. That’s a different story for another time. 

Also in Stage Two, you may start to see relationships suffer. Loved one become frustrated and this can cause a strain on significant others.

This is when health issues may arise. 

Insomnia and poor sleeping patterns can occur also.

Stage Three Of Burnout: Frustration

You have been fighting a losing battle. You have tried incredibly hard to get that initial energy and euphoria back, to no luck.

In Stage Three you are becoming increasingly more frustrated, fatigued and forgetful.

Concentration usually declines, increasing the likelihood of mistakes. It’s a very vicious cycle. 

Not only that, your productivity can slip leaving you impatient and anxious.

Stage Four Of Burnout: Illness and Denial.

This is when your body is starting to really give up. It’s wanting to tap out and you’re not letting it. 

You’ve most likely pushed it past its limits and your starting to become quite unwell. 

From my experience, a lot of the health issues are from a decrease in immunity, increase in inflammation and digestive problems. 

I have seen a lot of health issues that have arisen from burnout including IBS, intolerances, allergies poor digestion and severe inflammation. Not to mention an increase in the frequency and severity of viruses. 

However, another phenomenon can occur at this stage, which is denial.  

Yes, denial can absolutely happen at this stage. I’ve seen people blame their health issues on their decrease in focus and productivity. Rather than seeing it as a symptom. 

For a lot of people, it really is hard to understand how something can from feeling really good to causing so many issues. 

Not only that, a lot of people don’t want to admit they’re not coping.

Stage Five Of Burnout: Lack of Drive and Apathy.

That original drive and motivation you started off with are nowhere to be found.

You can become apathetic and withdrawn. 

This is when anxiety can really become an issue. 

A little side note, anxiety can be present at any stage throughout the stages. However, I typically see it more within the later stages. 

And the next thing you know you are in Stage Six.

Stage Six Of Burnout: Burnout Has Me Now.

You are completely and utterly mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted. 

This is the stage where people quit jobs or get signed off. 

Whether it’s from being overwhelmed or not physically being able to do the job. Either way, this is when people are forced to slow down or stop because of burnout. 

You might not be able to cope with simple pressures around you. It’s as if everything is too much. 

Burnout can completely change the way you work, think and feel. 

The hardest part about burnout is seeing warning signs and not doing anything about it.

Not only do I see people do this daily, I personally went through the same scenario.

My advice? 

Take the warning signs seriously. Our bodies are AMAZING at telling us what we need. All we have to do is listen. 

If you are feeling tired, REST. 

If you are starting to suffer from digestive issues, SLOW DOWN. 

If you need help, ASK. 

All of those things are simple. 

For companies, become aware of your top performers. Understand the stages and look at encouraging your employees to rest. Encouraging them to switch off. 

If you or your company lack the resources or education, bring in specialist or professional. 

Educating yourself on how stress and anxiety can directly impact physical health is beneficial. 

For more information please feel free to head over to my website, I have blogs and videos discussing the impact of stress and anxiety has on the body. 

If you would like to make direct contact, please free to reach out here. 

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