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DUBAI – A 9 to 5 job at the same location? It appears a number of businesses are now shifting away from that and are adopting a very different work model.
The mobile workforce is gaining popularity in the UAE, with a new study revealing that 60 percent of employees in the country work outside their office every week.
The study by International Workplace Group (IWG) also found that UAE businesses were now offering flexible working strategies to their employees.
The IWG Flexible Working Survey showed that every week 60 percent of UAE employees work at least one day a week outside of their office.
Fifty-two percent work remotely for half of the week or more, while one in 10 or 10 percent of employees work outside of their company’s main office five times a week.
The results showed a similar trend in workplaces around the world.
“People from Seattle to Singapore, London to Lagos no longer need to spend so much time in a particular office,” said Mark Dixon, founder and CEO of IWG.
“We are entering the era of the mobile workforce and it is hugely exciting. Not just for individual employees, but for businesses too. This is a huge shift in the workspace landscape globally, and businesses are now looking closely at what this means for their corporate real estate portfolios,” he added.
The IWG survey found that flexible working fosters productivity, staff retention, job satisfaction and creativity as it allows employees to work where they are most comfortable.
And 86 percent of UAE businesses agree that flexible workspaces is the way forward. Companies like Etihad Airways, Diesel, GSK, Mastercard, Microsoft, Oracle and Uber are already adopting a flexible workspace approach.
“New technologies mean many of us can now work anytime, anywhere. The challenge for businesses is how to optimise this new landscape. Companies are realising the benefits of flexible working and its ability to increase productivity, job satisfaction and business performance,” said Ian Hallett, IWG Group Managing Director and Global Head of Brands and Ventures. GAD/Expat Media
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