In a new series titled the Road to Success, we take a look back at some of the outstanding entries and winners of the Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Awards to help individuals and organisations learn from them and implement some of these winning strategies.

In this feature, we take a closer look at the Schneider Electric and their winning entry for the Workplace of the Year Award at the 2017 awards.

A workplace designed for happiness

Happy staff are productive staff, and a positive work environment is vital to maintaining morale.

A positive work environment is important for employee health and happiness. By focusing on workers’ wellbeing when designing a workspace, a company can increase staff engagement and improve productivity with a more creative and collaborative workforce. It will also see a reduction lost time caused by health issues and lower health insurance premiums.

With this in mind, Schneider Electric launched its Cool Sites 2.0 workspace initiative in 2016.

The programme focused on improving the design of physical workplaces to create better working conditions as well as offering wellbeing services on-site. Its ambition was to create smart, safe, attractive and energising workplaces where people are happy to work, innovate and share in a stress-free environment.

Cool Sites 2.0 won Schneider Electric the Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Workplace of the Year Award 2017.

In order to deliver its ambitious workspace improvements, the company moved to a larger premises at Dubai Silicon Oasis. In this new location, all employees are able to work on the same floor, allowing for better inter-departmental collaboration.

The new facility features has a dedicated learning hub – a large conference room with facilities to enable ongoing staff training activities.

Several rooms are fitted with high tables where employee can work standing up.

Relaxation areas with comfortable chairs allow staff to take breaks and unwind during the day. While “glass rooms” have also been introduced to allow employees to make personal calls or take quick breaks, and recreation facilities such ping pong tables are available.

A customer lounge area has been dedicating to various, free wellbeing activities such as weekly yoga classes and meditation and mindfulness sessions.

In addition to a discounted cafeteria for Schneider Electric employees, there are two fully equipped kitchens and a “dry pantry”, which allows employees to enjoy their sandwiches in comfort. This pantry is also used for gatherings, celebrations and other wellbeing activities.

One of the most important aspect to the premises is that it has a large convenient parking area attached to the building.

The company is using a system called OneVoice to gauge the success of this initiative and to generate improvements. This ongoing employee survey is designed to measure staff engagement and to allow each employee to contribute with ideas and opinions.

Judging by the results of this survey, the Cool Sites 2.0 workspace initiative has been a huge success.

In 2016, Schneider Electric was delighted to find that 71 per cent of its UAE employees reported that the organisation actively looks after the wellbeing of its employees, providing them with a safe and happy work environment.

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