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How to prioritise employee well-being in the new reality

RAKTDA HR director Sara Maria Boueri outlines how to keep employees safe and happy in the digital age

Source | | Sara Maria Boueri

The Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered how we work and live. As employees have adapted to remote working and video conferencing, the importance of ensuring their mental well-being in a Zoom-fatigued world has become even more apparent.

The importance of listening to our employees and prioritising their wellbeing and happiness at work, however, started long before we were confined to our houses. Before Covid-19 was ever a factor, many organisations, especially us at Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), were actively listening to our employees and using their feedback to pioneer a variety of initiatives, all aimed at ensuring employee wellbeing which ultimately impacted positively on business results.

This is evident in a report by CIPD Middle East that highlighted the significant value of the workforce’s wellness, both for the organisation and the people, shining a light on how positive working environments help them thrive. In fact, a study by Skift in 2019 reported that providing healthy “work perks” were not just a ‘nice-to-have’ but a ‘need-to-have’.

Focus on purpose and values

We are fortunate enough to be part of the largest and most profound generational shifts in the work environment. For the first time, the working environment is dominated by millennial leadership and a Gen Z workforce. More than the pandemic, it’s this shift in the work dynamic that has been the real call for change in workplace wellness.

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