Over three-fifths of recent MENA survey participants agreed that the holy month of Ramadan, with its emphasis on reflection, kindness and peace, serves to enhance morale in the workplace, according to Bayt.com’s latest questionnaire.
More than half the 3,660 respondents indicated that they socialize more at work during Ramadan, and a similar number perceive more charitable activities happening within their firm.
Questions about taking time off or traveling did not produce any noticeable shift, however, an overwhelming majority (96.1 percent) stated that they use the time to concentrate on self-improvement, with nearly as many (94.9 percent) giving more to charity.
A healthy number of MENA workers reported more outings with family and friends as well as positive lifestyle choices during the month.
Suhail Masri, Bayt.com’s VP for employer solutions, said that Ramadan offers a unique perspective for both management and staff.
"There are substantial changes in the MENA workplace during the month of Ramadan, and it is important for … employers, employees and job seekers to have a clear view of what to expect during this time,” Masri said. “It is interesting that more than three in every five respondents believe that their morale is lifted during Ramadan, which is something employers can use to build employee loyalty, engagement, and retention."
Bayt.com’s survey canvassed employees across multiple nations including the UAE, Bahrain, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The company operates out of 14 offices in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
“From their side, job seekers can use the time to network for their careers and dedicate extra time to learning,” Masri said. “Bayt.com tools … can help. Ramadan is a month of spirituality, family and blessings revolved around doing good deeds and practicing self-restraint, and at Bayt.com we would like to wish everyone in the region a Ramadan Kareem."