Attracting and retaining talent is key to any organisation’s success, and several UAE firms are now employing health as a tool with which to gain competitive advantage against their peers when offering jobs.
Daman Corporate Health Awards, a programme in the UAE, recognises wellness initiatives in the workplace and the list of the finalists for 2016 has been released.
According to it, wellness initiatives are becoming a key differentiator for competitiveness, especially in these challenging times, for an increasing number of the UAE’s top employers.
The number of award entrants increased by 32 per cent compared to last year, with the finance, construction and hospitality sectors being well-represented.
“A well-executed corporate wellness plan can serve as an employer’s key differentiator in the market attracting new as well as retaining existing talent,’’ says awards judge, James Babb, Partner, Deloitte & Touche ME.
Now in its third edition, the programme recognises UAE-based organisations for their corporate health initiatives.
The most hotly contested category is the Daman Corporate Health & Wellness Initiative Award, with Abu Dhabi Finance, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Transguard Group, Air Arabia, New York University Abu Dhabi, Seadrill, Expo 2020 and Mashreq all competing for the honour.
Commenting on the finalists and the state of corporate health and wellness programmes, Dr. Michael Bitzer, CEO of National Health Insurance Company, says: “We are delighted with the progress that the concept of corporate wellness has made in the UAE. We would like to congratulate the finalists for creating a culture of wellbeing within their organisations and encouraging other businesses to follow suit.”
In all a total of 10 categories are being contested. Judging will take place this month and the winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony to be held later in November.
Business leaders are also competing to win the Corporate Wellness Leader of the Year 2016. Finalists include Christopher Taylor (Abu Dhabi Finance), Paddy O’Duda (Transguard Group), Nabil Al Alawi (Almansoori Specialized Engineering), Joseph Zakaria (Pepsi Cola International Limited), Thumbay Moideen (Thumbay Group), and Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair (Mashreq).
Teams and initiatives have also been honoured as nominees. Contenders for the Daman Award for Corporate Health & Wellness (Organisation) include Tecom Group, Child Early Intervention Medical Centre, Seadrill, Mashreq, Study World Higher Education Services, Pepsi Cola International Limited and Almansoori Specialized Engineering.
Organisations that have taken up the challenge to improve health and wellness amongst their staff are competing for the award for Improved Corporate Health and Wellness Performance. Finalists for this category are Lamprell Energy Limited and Seadrill.
The CSR Employee Engagement of the Year Award recognises the organisation that has best incorporated corporate wellness into its corporate social responsibility plan. Atlantis - The Palm, DMCC, Al Hilal Bank, and Thumbay Group will now need to demonstrate to the judges examples of excellence that have been introduced or achieved during the last 12 months and position the business as a leader in CSR.
The Workplace of the Year award identifies the organisation demonstrating a commitment to make their physical environment and facility a great place to work. The three companies that will go head to head are Masdar, Bayt.com and Thumbay Group.
Meanwhile, ABB UAE, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP), CH2M, Serco Middle East will compete for the Health & Safety Initiative of the Year.