Wellbeing at Work Event UAE 2018

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The Wellbeing at Work Event returns to Dubai on 20 February 2018. The event will be providing HR and business leaders the latest wellbeing and employee happiness developments and successes that are enhancing individual and organisational performance in companies across the Middle-East region.

Watch our London 2017 event video here

I must say the event was very well executed and really very professional. The audience was at a senior level one and the speakers were all experts in their field. It was a pleasure and a great learning to interact with them. I will be using the services of one or two vendors who I met at the event for some activities planned in the coming month.

Head of HR, Dubai Airports

The Wellbeing at Work Event provides a forum for businesses to hear, meet and discuss wellbeing initiatives with leading experts and practitioners to equip businesses with the tools to introduce or improve wellbeing programmes in the workplace. Corporate wellness is helping organisations to attract and retain talent, reduce absenteeism and create happier and healthy workplaces.

The Event will include a programme of influential speakers, debating panels, workshops and networking sessions where delegates can ask questions, exchange ideas and share experiences on a subject that has the potential to change the world of work.

Thank you once again for this great event. It is a fantastic initiative and a real push on Health & Wellbeing in the work place for the region

Head of Compensation & Benefits, AXA Insurance (Gulf Region)

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Brian Heyworth, Global Head of Client Strategy, HSBC

Brian Heyworth, Global Head of Client Strategy, HSBC


30 year career in banking including roles at JP Morgan, Bank of America and HSBC

Julie Miller, Director of Compensation & Benefits, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Hilton

Julie Miller, Director of Compensation & Benefits, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Hilton


Julia is based in Dubai and is responsible for reward strategy and programmes in 25 countries across the region.

Dr Haitham Jouher, Deputy CEO, Chief of Corporate Excellence at Safwa Bank

Dr Haitham Jouher, Deputy CEO, Chief of Corporate Excellence at Safwa Bank


Intuitive change catalyst and business leader characterized as systematic and forward-thinking in developing plans

Shelly Kawatra, HR Director – Gulf, Unilever

Shelly Kawatra, HR Director – Gulf, Unilever


10+ years HR experience – 7 years at Unilever and prior to that, worked for Pepsi India for 3 years.

Dr. Zakir Malik, Group General Manager – Human Resources, Oasis Investment Company – Al Shirawi Group

Dr. Zakir Malik, Group General Manager – Human Resources, Oasis Investment Company – Al Shirawi Group


HR & Strategic Business Partner, leading the Human Resources function of over 21 group companies spanning across UAE , Qatar, Oman & Kuwait

David van Lochem, HR Director Middle East & Africa, IDEMIA

David van Lochem, HR Director Middle East & Africa, IDEMIA


David is responsible for the development of human resource management strategies across the Middle-East & Africa.

Bruce Young, Senior Workplace Consultant, Gallup

Bruce Young, Senior Workplace Consultant, Gallup


Bruce advises leading Government and Non-Government organisations on the importance of understanding the immense impact workplace conditions

Gopika Nair, Senior Vice President HR, LALS Group

Gopika Nair, Senior Vice President HR, LALS Group


Lals Group manages renowned retail brands including Homes r Us, Daiso, Carter’s, US Polo Association, G2000, and Miriade

Oliver Baxter, Insight Programme Manager, Herman Miller

Oliver Baxter, Insight Programme Manager, Herman Miller


Commissioning workplace related research and then sharing the results with clients and the Workplace and Design community

Kimi Sokhi, Manager – Employee Engagement and Well-being, Expo 2020

Kimi Sokhi, Manager – Employee Engagement and Well-being, Expo 2020


Kimi educates and empowers employees to take charge of their lives and health at Expo 2020

Dr. Richard Jenkins, Vice President (Medical Services), Emirates Airline

Dr. Richard Jenkins, Vice President (Medical Services), Emirates Airline


Richard leads and manages a portfolio of clinical services including Healthcare, Family & Aviation Medicine & Clinical Psychology.

Sabrine El Baroudi, Assistant Professor, Canadian University Dubai

Sabrine El Baroudi, Assistant Professor, Canadian University Dubai


Sabrine is currently part of an international research collaboration between universities in the Netherlands, Australia and the UK

08:00 – 08:55

Registration and Networking

 

08:55 – 09:00

Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks

 

09:00 – 09:25

Keynote Address: Promoting Happiness and Positivity

  • Initiatives to spread awareness of the importance of happiness
  • Government’s role in putting the happiness of citizens at the forefront of its priorities
  • Why establishing partnerships with organizations to support governments efforts is so important

Speaker to be announced shortly

 

09:25 – 09:45

The Role of Leadership in Promoting Corporate Wellness in the UAE

  • Employees in the GCC work longer hours and some say lead a stressful life? What can leaders do to encourage a more balanced lifestyle?
  • How can senior leadership create a vision that inspires employees, builds loyalty and a sense of involvement?
  • How do leaders convey a message of ‘’we care’’ for all staff?

Dr. Zakir Malik, General Manager – Group HR, Oasis Investment Company – Al Shirawi Group ‎

 

09:45 – 10:10

U.A.E.: The Route to Happiness

As the U.A.E. progresses towards its mission around happiness and positivity, it is important for leaders in both government and non-governmental organizations to consider the immense impact of workplace conditions on employees’ daily lives. Using recent analysis, Gallup will outline a model to illustrate how employers can significantly contribute to the UAE’s mission through workplaces built on a strong foundation of performance, engagement, strengths and well-being. Through its study of human nature for over 80 years in over 140 countries, and advising the world’s leading organizations how to transform their organizational cultures, Gallup has identified the conditions that lead to thriving countries, citizens, workplaces and customers. Gallup aims to bring the best of this knowledge to UAE leaders and organizations in pursuit of the national happiness agenda.

Bruce Young, Senior Workplace Consultant, Gallup

 

10:10 – 10:30

A Global Perspective on Creating a Healthy Culture

  • What is the true costs of ignoring stress?
  • How do you recognize workplace stress?
  • Implementing policies and procedures to improve working relationships?
  • How leadership should take steps to avoid a long-hours culture
  • Ensuring line managers understand their roles and responsibilities in managing the wellbeing of their direct reports

Brian Heyworth, Global Head of Client Strategy, ‎HSBC 

 

10:30 – 10:50 Networking Break

 

10:50 – 11:40

Panel Debate: Happiness as an Integral Part of an Organization’s Culture

  • What is the current state of employee happiness in the Gulf region?
  • Employee Wellness vs/along with organization wellness vs/along community wellness
  • Why should employee happiness to have a seat at the strategic roundtable?
  • Employee wellness and the impact on the employee value proposition
  • What is the leading thereat to the region in terms of employee well-being?
  • Employee wellness and its relation to talent acquisition/retention
  • How do employers promote physical health and wellbeing within their organization?

Racan Aboredaif, Head of Performance and Organisational Development, SABB 

Shelly Kawatra, HR Director – Gulf, Unilever

Gopika Nair, Senior Vice President – HR & Administration, LALS Group

Dr. Richard Jenkins, Vice President Medical Services, Emirates Airline

 

 

11:40 – 12:10

Promoting a Healthy Corporate Culture to Attract Talent

  • What can employers do to attract talent by promoting a healthy corporate culture?
  • How can organizations promote health and employee engagement in their recruitment of talent?
  • Strategies for helping potential and new employees thrive in all areas of their lives
  • Understanding different regions, markets, cultures and communities to offer the right health benefits to potential employees

Julia Miller, Director of Compensation and Benefits, Hilton

 

12:10 – 13:00

Nutrition in the Workplace to Drive Employee Health and Wellbeing

  • How important is nutrition for employee health?
  • Constant interruption, the need to more with less, relent change, and eating poorly – what are the physiological risks for employees and what can be done to address them?
  • What is the value of prevention to avoid future health costs?
  • How can corporate and health promotion programs reduce health costs?

Kimi Sokhi, Manager – Employee Engagement and Wellbeing, Expo 2020

 

13:00 – 14:00    Networking lunch

 

14:00 – 14:35

The Effect of Psychological Wellbeing on Workplace Proactivity

  • Does a healthy work environment act a predictor of a proactive workforce?
  • What are the individual and organizational outcomes of a healthy work environment?
  • How can organizations enhance proactive behaviors through HRM practices?
  • What else needs to be done to demonstrate care for employees?

Dr. Sabrine El Baroudi, Assistant Professor in Organizational Behavior and Management, Canadian University Dubai 

 

14:35 – 15:05

The Impact of Workplace Design Solutions on Employee Happiness

  • How is employee happiness being impact by innovation in new designs across the world of work?
  • Results from workplace related research and how ergonomics play a vital role
  • The role of technology in reducing stress

Oliver Baxter, Insight Programme Manager, Herman Miller

 

15:05 – 15:30

The Impact of Technology in Workplace Happiness

  • How is employee happiness being impact by innovation in the new world of work?
  • How embedding technology in HR is changing the way people work with each other
  • Can technology ensure employees better self-manage their lives
  • The role of technology in reducing stress

David Van Lochem, HR Director – Middle East & Africa, IDEMIA

 

15.30 – 15.55    Networking Break

 

15.55 – 16.15

The Link Between a Nurturing Company Culture and Business Outcomes in Diverse Organizations

  • Well-being as a catalyst to cultivate engaged, thriving employees who perform at their best every day in a diverse setting
  • Well-being and engagement – how combining programs can boost individual and organizational performance
  • Examining the relationship between employees from different backgrounds health and engagement

Speaker to be confirmed 

 

16:15 – 16:40

Fireside Chat – Corporate Wellness as a Driver of Corporate Excellence

  • What is the connection between business success and employee happiness?
  • Does happiness in the workplace lead to greater productivity for all generations?
  • How can organizations transform from stressful environments to creative workplaces?
  • What HR strategies can be employed by organizations to change their culture?

Dr. Haitham Jouer, Deputy CEO, Chief of Corporate Excellence, Safwa Islamic Bank 

 

Chair’s closing remarks

 

16.50 – 18.30

Reception

Please join us on the lawn to watch the fountains and for some canapés to close the conference. 

 

Future of Work Insights

Future of Work Insights

Future of Work Insights provides global insight, intelligence and the latest trends around the future of the workplace

Havas People UAE

Havas People UAE

Herman Miller

Herman Miller

Merite Incentive Solutions

Merite Incentive Solutions


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Venue

The Palace Hotel
Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
Downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates