Are UAE employees less healthy/happy in the summer months?
Imagine a photograph of "the summer months" in Europe - a wonderful close up of a happy group looking truly content running along on a beach or in a field with sunshine shining from a clear blue sky. There is a reason for this.
Sunshine, the outdoors and movement have all individually been shown to both make us happier and to enhance our wellbeing. It doesn't take an expert to see that during the summer months in the UAE, getting outside and being more social is more difficult than during the other months of the year.
As a result employers may find that their workforce is less happy, less "healthy" and as a result less effective on a day-to-day basis.
So we pulled together some tips for individuals, employers and HR teams that may help to improve the happiness of their colleagues this summer:
Think about Vitamin D
With the heat of the summer, our time outdoors reduces along with our proportionate coverage of sunscreen and clothing when we are outdoors. A crucial nutrient that plays a role in depression and inflammation is Vitamin D and our main source of this is the sunshine.