LinkedIn says the UAE has the happiest professionals in the MENA region
UAE professionals are the happiest in the MENA region. According to LinkedIn’s recently released data, the UAE has more than doubled in number of professionals identifying “Happiness” as part of their job titles making it one of the top three countries with the fastest growing group of happiness professionals.
In addition, the UAE is currently the number one country in the Middle East and North Africa region with the highest number of “Happiness” professionals. The data was released by LinkedIn as part of their digital mapping of the economy using information from their three million UAE members.
With the UAE government appointing the country’s first Minister of State for Happiness recently, putting a smile on the face of UAE residents is increasingly becoming a top priority for the UAE government as they continue with their initiatives to make it the happiest city on Earth.
The Dubai statistics were revealed this month with plenty of interesting UAE numbers to think about including:
- Sheikh Mohammed is the most followed influencer in the UAE
- People in the UAE have studied in over 15,000 universities around the world.
- The UAE is a thriving hub for startups – with some companies that have started in the UAE has been growing consistently YoY
- LinkedIn revealed the Top Ten Job Skills of 2016 in the UAE - and they are almost all tech-related. Those with tech skills are on their LinkedIn profiles are more likely to land jobs in the UAE.
“It’s clear that the UAE is the happiest place in the region to live and work - our numbers can confirm it. Not only is the UAE home to many people with ‘happiness’ in their job title, it is also a thriving hub for start-ups. With fantastic education and employment opportunities, it’s no wonder that so many different nationalities call the UAE their home.” said Nada Enan, Senior Manager for Marketing and Public Relations at LinkedIn Middle East and North Africa.
Read the November 2016 issue of Business Review Middle East magazine
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.