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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
MoF places great emphasis upon the importance of its employees’ happiness and job satisfaction and in the spirit of the objectives laid forth by the federal government to
enhance the happiness levels nationwide by the end of the decade, the ministry has introduced a number of happiness initiatives.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance introduced Ministry of
Finance… The Happiest Ministry to measure and improve the level of happiness within the teams at MoF.
Providing a positive and flexible
Encouraging employee suggestions,
exchange of ideas and collaboration
Providing performance evaluations
Promoting the importance of building
strong relationships at work
One aspect of the UAE’s drive for improving the nation’s level of happiness is to allocate at least two hours per
month in every federal government entity dedicated entirely to happiness and positivity activities. This in turn, will
create more positive workforce, thus transferring happiness through to the customers using government services.
Part of the larger ‘Ministry of Finance… Happiest Ministry’ initiative involved the
hosting of a happiness and positivity workshop at both the ministry sites in the
UAE; Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Attended by HE Younis Haji Al Khoori, Undersecretary
of MoF, and many of the heads of the ministry, the workshop aimed to highlight the
importance of the national programme for happiness, and the ministry’s initiative
to achieve happiness for its employees and the community.
A workshop to define and measure happiness was held in collaboration with the
UN Oce in the UAE. During the workshop, the results of the 2016 Happiness
Report were showcased and examined, as wee the numerous government
initiatives targeted at increasing positivity and happiness in the UAE and gaining a
top position in the Global Happiness report by the end of the decade. The
workshop confirmed that while the UAE was in 28th position in the World
Happiness Report of 2016, which was a fantastic achievement, the aim is to strive
for better, and to become a happiness leader.
Each year, MoF hosts an annual forum to celebrate its accomplishments, promote
collaboration, spread happiness and to honour its distinguished employees and
partners. During the forum, happiness is one of the key areas of content, and in
2017 the CEO of Happiness and Positivity at MoF, Mrs. Mozah Kif, presented a
session on happiness and positivity to the gathered employees and partners from
across the UAE.
Get a hobby
Spend time with
Be content in
Stay away from
Get fresh air
Be grateful and
Achievements and eorts should
always be appreciated, not only in
terms of a verbal thanks, but also in
the form of a tangible reward.
Transparency in the way on which
employees are managed is crucial to
maintaining happiness in the work
Why not oer a few extra days o for
your sta around the set holidays?
Particularly if it is around the weekend.
If you expect your sta to stay beyond
their contracted hours, it’s unlikely
that you will serve the best possible
results from them.
Much of the happiness of an
employee depends upon the working
environment. Create a happy
environment at work.
Scientifically it’s proven that
background music is mood
enhancing, although this can be
dependent upon taste and genre.
Employees are far happier when they
are working towards a long-term goal
and they have career objectives.
Salary is important, but of equal
importance is the benefits your staff
get, including health insurance, dental
cover, or gym membership.
If your employees are happy, your
organisation is happy. Promote
positivity by talking to your sta and
Never underestimate the impact you
can have by simply smiling
occasionally, or allowing a moment for
a friendly conversation.
The general level of happiness within the people of a
nation rests upon these key criteria:
It is well-researched and documented that a happier place of work results in a higher level of performance and a
better standard of service from employees, which in turn creates more happiness for customers.
Happiness at work creates:
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