Ramadan lifts employee morale says survey
Dubai, July 1, 2014
More than 80 per cent of the working population in the Mena region believe that Ramadan is a month that lifts morale at work, a survey has found.
About 44.5 per cent say that employer efficiency is not affected, and 55 per cent claim that important decisions and vital meetings are not postponed till the Holy Month is over, according to the Ramadan in the Mena Workplace poll, recently conducted by Bayt.com, a leading job site in the region.
Nine out of 10 professionals (86.9 per cent) said that the companies they work in have different official working hours during Ramadan when compared to the rest of the year.
In terms of impact on performance, 58 per cent of professionals say that more working hours throughout the Holy Month would have a positive impact on their performance. The sentiment is mirrored when it comes to company performance as well, with 42.1 per cent agreeing that more working hours will have a positive impact on their company’s performance either, although 41.3 per cent “strongly agree” that more working hours would have a positive impact.
Business is slower in Ramadan, according to 74.7 per cent of respondents – 46.4 per cent of which strongly believe so.
This could be attributed to the fact that 69 per cent of professionals claim that colleagues tend to take their holidays during the Holy Month. Another possible reason for lower productivity according to 81.1 per cent of poll respondents could be people staying up late. As a way to increase motivation, 90 per cent believe that special bonuses offered to employees in Ramadan will be greatly motivating.
Ramadan is seen as a time when there is a noticeable increase in the number of charitable activities, with 87.8 per cent stating that their company is more charitable during the Holy Month. It is also seen as a time of increased socialisation between colleagues, according to 84.7 per cent, although more than half (55.4 per cent) of respondents claim that employees tend to become short-tempered during Ramadan. However, 25.2 per cent of respondents strongly disagree.
Eight out of 10 (81.9 per cent) respondents say that their consumption of goods and services increases during Ramadan – to a large extent, for 50.3 per cent. It is considered to be more difficult to find a job during Ramadan, with 44.6 per cent stating that it is harder to do so than at any other time of the year. 31.9 per cent, however, believe that it is easier.
“Ramadan is a month of beauty, mercy, and blessings, revolving around doing good deeds and practicing self-restraint,” said Suhail Masri, VP of Sales, Bayt.com.
“It’s also a challenging month, especially for professionals balancing the pressing demands of work and the extra demands of Ramadan; with 43.1 per cent of professionals saying that more working hours in Ramadan would have a positive impact on their performance.
“The trick to staying productive though is simple, and at Bayt.com, we advise that professionals take the time to set goals, in order to achieve their true Ramadan potential. Ultimately, the aim of Ramadan is giving and sharing, and that’s what should reflect in the workplace,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service