Respect 'key to worker retention'
Dubai, August 8, 2011
UAE workers declare that showing respect towards all members of staff is the most important ingredient to creating a happy business culture, according to the findings from a new global Regus survey.
In the latest survey by workplace provider Regus over 17,000 respondents from more than 80 countries were asked what factors were most likely to help create a happy work atmosphere and 67 per cent of UAE workers said that respect for colleagues is the key ingredient.
Encouraging skills and knowledge sharing (48 per cent) and vocally acknowledging the work of others (38 per cent) were voted second and third most important factors. Helping out struggling colleagues was also nominated by 32 per cent of respondents.
A Regus spokesperson said: “From June through to August, workers typically take advantage of the summer vacation to weigh up what lies ahead of them in September and their work situation. The results of this survey should serve as a wake-up call to managers who may be overlooking simple, practical and cost-free measures they can take to make sure that staff don’t come back from their holidays with their resignation in hand.
“As work pressures and hours expand further into people’s personal lives, UAE workers are ever more aware of the importance that the character of the people they work and spend so many hours of their day with has on job satisfaction. Aside from salary increases and material bonuses, simple steps like showing respect for all staff, making a point of congratulating staff on good work and helping colleagues develop by encouraging skills and knowledge sharing contribute to creating a more human and wholesome environment that staff are not easily tempted to abandon.” -TradeArabia News Service