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Survey: Most UAE employees believe 9-to-5 workday outdated


DUBAI – How do UAE employees feel about the traditional 9-to-5 work routine? A recent survey revealed that a big majority or 78 percent of employees in the UAE believe it is outdated.

According to the survey by US electronics company Poly, 67.6 percent of employees in the UAE believe the traditional 9-to-5 work routine has been replaced with “anytime work”.

The study interviewed interviewed 7,261 workers from the UAE, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Poland and the UK in August this year.

Some 67.6 per cent of UAE employees said they were more productive working from home. Seventy-two per cent of UAE workers said remote work amid the pandemic has changed work culture forever.

“The organisations that promote a healthy work environment and empower anytime working will see a much happier and more productive workforce,” said Paul Clark, senior vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa sales at Poly.

Clark, however, clarified that the concept of “anytime working” should “not be confused with being always on”.

The top executive said that “anytime working” can promote a more productive workforce, especially during the pandemic where people are leaving their jobs.

According to another survey by financial services firm Prudential, about 42 percent of remote workers said they will leave jobs if their company did not offer long-term work from home options. ICA/Expat Media

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