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UAE Ranks High in Employee Well-being: A Global Perspective

According to a recent McKinsey Health Institute survey of 30,000 participants done across 30 countries, the UAE has emerged as a leader.

In a recent survey conducted by McKinsey Health Institute across 30 countries and encompassing 30,000 participants, the UAE has emerged as a leader in employee wellbeing. 

The survey, which evaluated holistic health, covering social, physical, spiritual, and mental aspects, revealed that the UAE scored an impressive 67 percent, surpassing the global average of 57 percent.

This places the UAE ahead of several developed nations, including the UK, Switzerland, Canada, and the US.

UAE’s Holistic Approach to Employee Wellbeing:

The survey highlighted the UAE’s holistic approach to employee wellbeing, with scores ranging between 72 and 74 percent in the categories of social, physical, spiritual, and mental health. 

These scores not only exceeded the global average but also reflected a comprehensive wellbeing strategy in the country.

Impact of the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing:

Since the launch of the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing in 2016, the UAE has seen a significant positive shift. 

The program, which focuses on happiness and well-being in the workplace within the private sector, has contributed to a growing sense of well-being among employees. 

In 2022, nearly half of UAE employees (49 percent) strongly agreed that their company cares about their overall wellbeing, marking an 18-percentage-point increase compared to 2019.

Global Comparisons and Burnout Symptoms:

Globally, Turkey led the rankings with 78 percent, followed by India at 76 percent and China at 75 percent. 

The survey also delved into burnout symptoms, revealing that 26 percent of UAE employees reported experiencing burnout, a rate relatively higher than in other developed countries. 

In comparison, younger workers aged 18 to 24, employees from smaller companies, and non-managers globally reported higher burnout symptoms.

This survey underscores the UAE’s commitment to employee wellbeing and the positive impact of its initiatives, positioning the country as a global leader in nurturing a healthy and thriving workforce.

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