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UAE employees’ biggest concern about returning to offices


DUBAI – With the pandemic spurring a new work from home culture, employees in the UAE expressed their biggest concerns about returning to offices.

A survey by US electronics company Poly revealed that UAE employees’ biggest concern about returning to the office is dealing with office noise.

A total of 61 percent of UAE respondents expressed concern that office noise levels would make them less productive.

This was followed by 57 percent of UAE workers who feared they would be prone to outbursts in the office since they would be physically there, instead of behind their computer screen.

Meanwhile, 56 percent of UAE workers worried that they won’t able to communicate effectively with their colleagues after months of working from home.

Majority of 45.2 percent of UAE respondents said they are concerned about commuting to work. This was followed by 37.2 percent who said noisy phone calls is their biggest concern.

A total of 36.4 percent of respondents worried that when they return to the office, they would have to deal with people looking over their shoulder to see what they are doing.

Meanwhile, 31.6 percent complained about noisy colleagues and 31.2 percent were worried about being less productive, according to the survey.

The survey also revealed that 70 percent of those working from home in the UAE are worried about missing out on learning from colleagues.

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

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