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Remote work a sustainable option: Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University survey


DUBAI – The global pandemic has caused a major shift in how we work, with many turning to remote work as the new normal. But is remote work here to stay?

A UAE survey recently revealed that while remote working as a human resource policy is a “sustainable option” on the future of work, many organisations are still not ready to adopt the new model.

This was revealed in the latest study and investigative research by Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU).

“The study found that despite remote working being considered as more productive, many organizations from the public and private sectors around the world are still not ready to adopt this new model,” said Professor Nabil Baydoun, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at HBMSU.

Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU, said in-depth research is needed for companies to develop ideal HR policies to effectively manage remote working.

“It will help ensure companies to attain the highest levels of efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity, and properly assess the work output in a fair manner and thereby determine the appropriate compensation, incentives, and rewards,” Al Awar said.

Researchers of the study provided several recommendations to lay the foundations for remote working and create a culture of positivity to “stimulate productivity and sustain excellence”.

According to the research, remote work has proven successful in helping businesses achieve sustainability, production continuity, while reducing costs, increasing employees’ loyalty to their jobs, and enhancing work-life balance.

The survey also pointed to the challenges that hinder the optimal implementation of remote working in the Arab world and at the international level, especially about digital infrastructure.

It highlighted the main concerns inhibiting employers to successfully implement the new system, such as the limited direct supervision of employees by senior management and the poor communication among the work team that could negatively impact the completion of the required tasks, as well as the longer time required to solve sudden issues.

The survey also indicated that technological challenges could impede the success of remote working such as cyber security, smart transformation, and stability of power sources of employees working in remote area, which can directly affect the quality of communication and fast access to the internet.

Other negative aspects associated with remote working include the increase in workload, social isolation, distraction, loneliness, and declining levels of cooperation among employees.

The study proposed the importance of having a designated and specific work areas to enhance employee morale, creating boundaries between work and personal life, developing a time frame consistent with a regular work schedule.

It also suggested the importance of preparing and planning the idea work setup and ensuring constant communication between employees within a positive and stimulating environment to enhance productivity, innovation, and more. ICA/Expat Media

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