Ministry of State for FNC Affairs Marks International Day of Happiness with ‘Wellbeing in the Workplace’ Workshop

The Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs (MFNCA) held an awareness workshop titled “Wellbeing in the Workplace” to mark the International Day of Happiness on March 20, 2019.

His Excellency Tariq Hilal Lootah, Undersecretary of the Ministry of State for FNC Affairs, took part in the workshop, along with H.E. Sami Mohammed bin Adi, Assistant Undersecretary for the Support Services Sector; and a host of officials and employees from the Ministry.

The workshop coincides with activities around the UAE and the world to celebrate the International Day of Happiness; it seeks to raise awareness about the main factors that establish a happiness-based culture and promote wellbeing in the workplace, in addition to underlining the positive effects of such an environment on productivity and performance.

“This workshop is another step forward towards promoting happiness and satisfaction among our employees, and creating an environment that encourages creativity, innovation, and productivity,” said H.E. Tariq Hilal Lootah. “This is rooted in our firm belief that happy employees work harder and are dedicated to the Ministry’s role in promoting innovation and providing administrative services that meet high standards of quality, efficiency, and transparency.”

“Our activities are an integral part of the government’s efforts to promote happiness in the community, in line with the vision and directives of our wise leadership,” H.E. Lootah added. “We look forward to intensifying these efforts in order to ensure a long-lasting impact on the happiness of our employees, who we consider to be our true wealth, and who we rely on to ensure the happiness of the entire community.”

Self-Development Trainer and Author Hanan Al Sammak led the workshop, which included an interactive programme that sheds light on the concept of positive thinking and its role in promoting physical and mental health in individuals, and improving performance in the workplace.

Al Sammak highlighted several real-life success stories that helped participants hone their positive thinking skills and feel gratitude toward their work. She showcased the PERMA Model for happiness, designed by Dr Martin Seligman, Founder of Positive Psychology, with five core elements of psychological wellbeing and happiness: P-Positive emotion; E-Engagement; R-Relationships; M-Meaning; and A-Accomplishments.

Participants expressed great interest in the workshop and in finding solutions to upgrade the work environment by engaging in exercises for mindfulness, self-control, preventing negative thinking, and striking balance between their personal and professional life.

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