Sat 21-10-2017 12:13 PM

Ohoud Al Roumi: Private sector partnership a priority to promote culture of happiness in the workplace

DUBAI, 21st October, 2017 (WAM) -- Ohoud bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing has emphasised the importance of enhancing productive partnership with the private sector and entrepreneurs to apply and promote the concepts of institutional happiness.

This came during the minister's participation in the 2017 LinkedIn Awards, which for the first time saw the addition of the 'Culture of Happiness Award' as a key category.

Al Roumi said that the award seeks to celebrate successful examples in recruiting talented employees, developing their skills and promoting a happy work environment is the fruit of the government's cooperation with private sector leaders. "It encourages companies and entrepreneurs to search for talent, explore capabilities in the Arab region and benefit from them," she added.

She praised the cooperation of LinkedIn with the National Programme for Happiness and Positivity, and the organisation's initiative to introduce this new award category that promotes a culture of happiness in the workplace.

The minister highlighted that several institutions in the private sector have launched various initiatives to promote happiness and a positive work environment. She affirmed the programme's keenness to continue supporting the private sector's efforts to keep spreading a healthy and happy workplace for its employees.

The importance of a happy work environment lies in promoting the mental and physical health of the employee; she went on to say, adding that a happy and positive work environment is essential to the success of institutions.

Al Roumi said that the effects of a healthy work environment go beyond the workplace and are reflected in the employees' behaviours outside and interactions family and friends, leading to furthering the spread of happiness.

WAM/Nour Salman