85% of UAE businesses saw productivity boost after shift to hybrid working amid Covid – News

69% of UAE employers believe they will lose new and existing employees if they don’t adapt



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Published: Sat 26 March 2022, 08:36

The majority of UAE employers believe they will lose new and existing employees if they do not find hybrid work options.

That’s according to Poly Research’s latest report examining how organizations are meeting employee demand for ideal workspaces.

The shift to hybrid working helped 85% of companies surveyed increase productivity.

The new Poly study, Recruit, Retain and Grow, analyzes workplace policies, culture and wellbeing through the lens of more than 2,500 global business decision makers.

Post-pandemic attitudes and expectations highlighted in the research show that workers come to the office three days a week, with Wednesday being the most popular day.

Deepa Sud, CEO of Plum Jobs – a Dubai-based HR consultancy, executive search and business transformation firm, says: “As hybrid working becomes more permanent for many organisations, they need to adapt their management style to lead teams, manage performance and productivity. , and developing people. Businesses invest in technology to enable their employees to stay productive and deliver the results required. »

“We are seeing a shift in salaries for many hybrid roles – organizations are starting to slow salary increases for employees who work from home as their travel costs come down,” Sud added.

According to the survey, 23% of UAE-based organizations require their employees to work from their desk at least three days a week.

“At Poly, we believe that the ability to enable a hybrid work environment is not the end game, but a starting point for today’s competitive organizations. Our latest research validates Poly’s point of view. “Said John Goodwin, senior vice president of public affairs at Poly. “We have found that employees support companies that take a holistic approach to defining their culture, provide flexibility in where and how they work and have great tools for success.”

With experts weathering the pandemic, many employers have had to adapt their business to accommodate a workforce away from the office, which has played a key role in accelerating digitalization for many organizations.

Marc Ellis’ manager, Aws Ismail, says, “It has given employees more flexibility in where and when they do their jobs. I think Covid has really highlighted the topic within management for the importance of the physical presence of employees within their organization. Working with clients ranging from international companies to local entities, I have realized that it really all depends on the scope of work, the industry and the tasks assigned to the employees.

“For example, on-site customer interactions, including front-line workers who interact with customers, which may be in sales, retail, banking and among others, which take place through interactions with people, would require a presence on site. However, some computer-based office work, including administrative, design or other roles that require minimal interaction, will not need to be onsite and can be done remotely,” adds Ismail.

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But they point out that people should be aware that accelerating digitalization has also identified automation as the future of many traditional jobs, potentially leading to reduced human labor requirements.

Pramod Sharda, CEO, IceWarp, Middle East & India, opines: “As organizations pivot to remote work operations, explore critical skills, employees will need to collaborate digitally and be ready to adjust strategies of employee experience”.

He adds, “While embracing automation and migrating to the work-from-home (WFH) model, employees have also expressed their needs regarding the prioritization of health and wellbeing as well as the requirements for tools for seamless collaboration. But systemic change is needed and not just personal: processes, policies and technology need to be reviewed and changed to ensure they are created with everyone’s success and seamless collaboration in mind. »

Elizabeth J. Harless