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Insights, HR professionals and Management can learn, from Covid19 crisis.

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Written By: Mai Mohamed Moussa

Edited & Published by: Mariham Magdy

          Since we are in a very critical time now, the Egyptian authorities imposed strict rules in order to control the spread of the coronavirus; which has led many companies to encourage working from home.

This offers an opportunity for many companies to finally build a culture that allows long-overdue work flexibility. So what if we took these circumstances as a sign, or a chance to change some work procedures and embed new strategies as employees need some freedom, and this could drive us to the familiar concept which is having a work-life balance, though many companies still ignore its importance and as a result our employees suffer from what is called work- family conflict.

Work- family conflict is an issue that needs a great attention, there should be policies and procedures to be established by organizations with the goal to empower employees to efficiently do their jobs and also provide flexibility to handle their personal issues and concerns.

It is really crucial for HR professionals and management to apply work-life balance strategies through avoiding letting any negative effects of work impact their personal lives.

 Research has revealed that employees who believe they do not have time for their personal life feel drained and distracted while they are at work since they don’t have time to enjoy, relax and recharge, they aren’t available for friends and family members.

Moreover, the spread of negative aspects of work into an employee’s personal life can lead to job exhaustion, disruption of relationships with family and friends, and increased stress that can lead to both mental and physical illness.

 WORK-LIFE BALANCE as a definition means getting work into balance towards living life to its fullest. Its main aim is to help create a better balance between the demands of a specific job and the healthy management and enjoyment of life outside work. Thus it doesn’t mean that you devote half of your life working and half of it playing; instead, it means balancing both in order to achieve synchronization in all physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

Most companies care about their employees’ health and safety from the physical perspective; like conducting safety trainings; fire safety, emergency procedures, first aid, or accident reporting procedure,  ignoring their psychological and mental health. That is why it is important to create work place policies that assist employees in mingling both personal and work responsibilities. Work-life balance as a strategy aims to generate more supportive and healthy work environments, which allows employees to have that balance between work and personal duties and thus increase productivity and strengthen employee loyalty.

There are some management practices which organizations must apply in order to improve their employees’ well-being.

  • Fair Allocation of Tasks:

Workload should be divided fairly among team members, as it is tempting for some managers to give their devoted employees more work than others or to ease other employees who are struggling in their tasks or may be slower in delivering the assigned job, which will let them stay after working hours to finish their tasks.

However, managers should be aware that there are some great risks involved in not allocating the workload in an equitable way. If you overwork your high performers you will lose them, as they will start to hate the fact that they’re doing more, and will start doing comparisons with other co-workers; which will affect his/her relationships negatively with those colleagues. This eventually will create an aggressive competitive culture inside the team, that is completely far from the healthy or the accepted one. They will feel overly stressed and that will also affect relationships with family. In addition, the employee will not have enough time for self-care or any development.

  • Working from Home:

 The increase in the advancement of technology has created flexibility and more freedom for employees to carry on their jobs at home; not necessarily office based as now with cloud-based software, internet, mobile technology and the idea of ‘always-on’ access to the workplace have replaced the need for being at office every day.

This approach encourages Flexible time scheduling, as you are in control of how you manage your time, prioritize tasks, and take breaks at any time.

Proximity to family is supposed to be one of the benefits of working from home, which will accordingly increase their satisfaction. In addition, the autonomy, empowerment and trust given by managers, will help create more sense of commitment and will make employees feel more motivated, thus bringing about the best in them.

  • Employee Counseling and Wellness services:

Counseling is a thoughtful and candid discussion of personal problems experienced by the employee. It is considered an HRD activity thus serves the same goal as any HRD activity; to ensure that each employee is a positive contributor to organizations effectiveness.

It includes designing, delivering and evaluating set of programs like employee assistance programs and stress management programs. These programs operate within organizations for the purpose of identifying troubled employees, addressing their personal issues and motivating them.  This approach will prove its success if implemented in a cost effective manner and also if the confidentiality of employees is maintained thoroughly by creating strict policies for keeping the content of each employee safeguarded.

       From the above it seems to be a win -win situation as the concept of Work-life Balance has been viewed as crucial to both organizations and people, and it has been found to greatly contribute in productivity improvement and efficiency of employees which in turn impacts the performance of organizations in a positive manner.

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Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021 – where balance, resilience and authenticity break the Mental Health Stigma

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Written by: Cinzia Nitti

Globally, 2020 has been a year like no other. Coronavirus pandemic caused a massive business disruption; transformation has been key in supporting employees and catalyzing workplace changes. There was a rush to adapt and reinvent Business Models. Organizations had to rethink and reconsider how they deliver services and strengthen their Organizations through a forward-thinking Digital strategy. To be more agile and responsive in such uncertain times, we need to respond to challenges and adapt quickly to new scenarios by moving from rigid hierarchies to leaner and more flexible structures.

But what about Mental Health at Work, and why is it essential?

What’s the Office of the Future?

Within the Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021, HR Leaders tried to normalize the conversation about Mental Health by putting the topic first, enabling self-care and professional support, raising awareness, and building knowledge around its related issues. Nowadays, personal and work life are more intertwined than ever, so it becomes vital to create balance: the more employees feel free to talk about Mental Health, the more they can prevent struggle and breakout at the Workplace. HR leaders play a crucial role in making an IMPACT by pushing new solutions, promoting work-life balance, redesign workloads, and supporting their Teams.

In this general frame, Irada Aghamaliyeva (MENA Diversity, Inclusiveness & Wellbeing Leader at EY) affirmed: “Workplaces that are inclusive foster enhanced employee wellbeing; employees with high levels of wellbeing are more inclusive”. How can Organizations increase employees’ resilience and embed sustainable Leadership behaviors in the post-covid reality?

Dr. Irada Aghamaliyeva introduced the Mindfulness practice in the Workplace and highlighted its benefits on a large scale: improved wellbeing and resilience on a physical level; positive emotions, self-regulation, empathy and awareness of social dynamics; learning and innovation thanks to the implementation of flexible thinking, intuition and problem-solving processes. So breaking the stigma is possible, starting from personal wellbeing to sustain positive energy and fuel resilience.

About the Power of Empathetic and Authentic Leadership, Dr. Rima Ghose Chowdhury (EVP & Chief Human Resources Officers at Datamatics Global Services) stresses the importance of Leadership roles today. The virtual environment employees are working in, makes them more vulnerable due to a lack of balance between emotional and authenticity traits. Authenticity is the primary factor in effective leadership, regardless of the leadership style. Putting employees first as a strategic priority and hearing their voices to guide strategy; embracing agility to work more effectively in tumultuous time; including a multigenerational work-force: these are the key concepts within Dr. Rima’s motto “Empowering is to enable”. Through motivation and filling emotional support needs, the Empowering Teams Process leads to employees’ safety, esteem, and self-actualization. 

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. To know more about the FOW Future of Work Insights platform around the world, click here: https://fowinsights.com/

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The Wellbeing @ Work virtual Summit Middle East returns for its 5th annual event on 22-24 February 2021

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The summit provides an innovative and experiential virtual learning opportunity for our audience of CEOs, benefit and reward business leaders and senior HR professionals. The information and knowledge gained from attending this event allow the opportunity to make strategic wellbeing and mental health decisions within an organization, supporting our mission to create more flourishing and thriving workplaces. Never before has the mental health and wellbeing of your employees been so important. The Wellbeing @ Work Summit includes keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and fireside chats alongside unrivaled networking with leaders across the Middle East using our AI-enabled matchmaking platform. This is far more than a webinar! An engaging 3-day event providing you invaluable insight and tools to create thriving workplaces.

Key Reasons to Attend:

  • An engaging AI-enabled matchmaking platform to make invaluable connections & host virtual meetings up to 2 weeks before the three-day festival
  • Learn how multinational organizations are creating workplaces where employees thrive in the new world
  • Campfire panel discussions informing workplace change & mental health solutions
  • Middle East-based employer case studies providing the secrets to employee wellbeing success
  • International experts bringing best-practice from across the globe
  • Invaluable networking with business leaders from across the Middle East

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. The design and implementation of a holistic wellbeing and mental health programme that delivers healthy outcomes and a more productive organization is paramount right now. 

In addition, the results of the extensive Middle East region-wide survey on wellbeing and mental fitness in organizations across the region made in partnership with Cognomie will be presented during the event.

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DECODING FUTURE HR: Global 24 hour virtual event | 19 and 20 January 2021

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DECODING FUTURE HR: Today’s challenges are tomorrow’s trends and opportunities

Global 24 hour virtual event | 19 and 20 January 2021

www.decodinghrevent.com

The world in 2020 has changed to a ‘new normality’ but what’s that ‘new normality’ everybody talks about? Is it here to stay? How is it affecting us in our daily lives in the different versions of ourselves? As a customer, an entrepreneur, a parent, a friend…a worker…

Our job is a key part of our lives and we are indeed living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work. Automation and ‘thinking machines’ are replacing human tasks and jobs, and changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people. These momentous changes raise huge organisational, talent and other HR challenges. It has become clear that few organisations are likely to revert to pre-pandemic practices even after a vaccine is found.

Decoding Future HR 2021 is bringing you the ideology of how today’s challenges are becoming tomorrow’s trends and opportunities resulting in HR excellence.

Why you should attend:

  • Learn about the trends and best practices shaping future HR
  • Get valuable insights from expert speakers
  • Share ideas and research to help your organisation reach its goals
  • Understand what do employees want in ‘New Normal’
  • Develop new vision for HRBP and Centre of Expertise
  • Identify, integrate and understand stakeholders to create an intentional employee experience
  • Approaches and elements to leadership development.

Some of our confirmed speakers:

  • Tshepo Yvonne Mosadi , Human Resources Director, The HEINEKEN Company
  • Sarah Tabet, Global HR Director/ D&I Leader | Author for “Inclusion Starts with U”, Schneider Electric
  • Wadah Al Turki, Country Talent Manager KSA and Bahrain, IKEA
  • Lesha Chakraborti, Head of HR – EMEA, Travelex
  • Shaban Butt, Director HR & Administration, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Sajjad Parmar, Head of Rewards – APAC, eBay
  • Katey Howard, VP, Talent Management AMESA, Pepsico
  • Chen Fong Tuan, HR & General Affairs Director, Samsung Electronics
  • Prerna Ajmera, Senior Director, HR Experiences and Solutions, Microsoft
  • Václav Koranda, Vice President Human Resources / Member of the Board of Directors, T-System
  • Amy MacGregor, VP Employee Experience, Global HR, Manulife
  • Adwait Kashalkar, People Analytics and Programme Management Leader, APAC, Mastercard

Click here to view all speakers: www.decodinghrevent.com/speakers

At Wisdom we remain positive that ‘normality’ will soon return and that we will be able to physically meet together once again as speakers, delegates and sponsors at our beautiful venues around the world. But meanwhile, life continues and we need to keep in touch and learn from each other. This 24-hour virtual event will be of great benefit and value to your businesses and its continued development during these challenging times. While this virtual event comes at a lesser cost, it provides for now a wider reach into an international audience, with flexibility of access to content as well as allowing you to have the same opportunity as at a face-to-face session for one-to-one business meetings. We look forward to welcoming you in January.

Date and time: 19-20 January 2021Where: Virtual engaging platform
  Further information and bookings: www.decodinghrevent.com        Contact:
marketing@wisdom.events   #WSDM_BI
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