Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), one of the world’s leading and fastest growing onshore business and financial centres, has confirmed its commitment to creating and maintaining healthy workplace cultures on the occasion of World Mental Health Day 2020. Although according to the World Health Organization (WHO) almost 1 billion people are suffering from a mental disorder, mental health is one of the most overlooked areas of general public health, which is gaining more and more attention for the impact of the isolation imposed by COVID-19 on human relations and wellbeing.
The Qatar Financial Centre, which recognises the importance of mental health through its Employment Standards Office (ESO), has been committed throughout the years to supporting employers and employees to create and maintain healthy workplace cultures.
In particular, since 2016 the ESO has promoted several forms of intervention following international methods and programmes:
In addition to a variety of services provided to QFC employees who were experiencing stress problems, one of the key tools of the QFC EAP provided during the initial stage of the pandemic, where working from home was mandatory for almost all sectors, was represented by confidential professional coaching, which has proved to be very effective in stress management, particularly in dealing with stressors such as job loss, retirement and family matters related to work from home that had an inevitable impact on individuals’ work life and productivity.
The QFC’s focus on mental health is part of its wider commitment to Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), that has seen the ESO cooperating with MADLSA and MoPH for many years. In this regard, the QFC expresses sincere congratulations to MADLSA and MoPH for the recent publication of the National Policy on Occupational Safety and Health, aiming to promote healthcare services for both physical and psychological or mental health matters.
The ESO has enhanced its focus on mental health and wellbeing of employees to prevent and manage psychosocial factors such as isolation, stress, burnout, illnesses, personal and environmental events including job loss, and implemented the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Mana Al-Ansari, ESO Counsel at Qatar Financial Centre Authority