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UAE expands 'happiness, positivity' programme to private sector

Programme aims to provide private-sector employees with intuitive and practical skills necessary to become the drivers of happiness

UAE expands 'happiness, positivity' programme to private sector

The UAE has expanded its 'chief happiness and positivity' programme to the private sector after it success in the government sector.

Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness, who launched the initiative at the first CEO Happiness Ball, said the UAE was founded on the principles of happiness and positive interaction between the public and private sectors.

“This was a key factor in transforming the UAE into a magnet for creative minds, entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors looking for a better life, as well as multi-national enterprises that set up shop in the country," news agency WAM quoted Al Roumi as saying.

She noted that investing in happiness helps businesses grow, increases profits and raises productivity rates, as scientific studies have shown a strong correlation between happiness at work and a productive environment.

The programme, launched in collaboration with the Wharton School, aims to provide private-sector employees with intuitive and practical skills necessary to become the drivers of happiness and positivity in their organisations, and beyond.

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Peter 3 years ago

You want the businesses to be happy? Then stop introducing new stamps and forms to employ people just to generate money. It's very time consuming going through all those seemingly senseless processes, sending people from one place to the other. This costs time and money. For startups and small companies it's just a pain in the neck...

I would rather pay taxes instead of running around to employ someone, paying fees here and there...

Fentoni 3 years ago

Work on improving their ease of business as defined by the Economist. This will send a message to potential businesses that the UAE is business friendly and improving the lives of existing business people.... happiness & productivity will be the by-products.