Middle East worker productivity rises during Ramadan

Data from Bayt.com found that many MENA workers believe their workload increases during the month
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Sun 06 May 2018 02:05 PM

A large majority of professionals in the Middle East and North Africa feel more productive during Ramadan, according to a new survey from Bayt.com.

The annual survey found that 81.7 percent of MENA professionals said they feel more productive, compared to 14.8 percent who said their productivity doesn’t change and 3.5 who said they become less productive.

Additionally, 61.4 percent of MENA respondents and that they believe their workload increases over the course of the month, during which 89.4 percent of people said that they work fewer hours.

Another 21.7 percent of respondents said that their workload remains the same, while 16.9 percent said that their workload decreases.

A vast majority (87.7 percent) of respondents said they are satisfied with their working hours, while over half (54.6 percent) said that they are likely to take more vacation days during Ramadan,  compared to 45.4 percent who said the opposite is true.

An even larger percentage of respondents (89.6 percent) said that Ramadan improves their relationships with colleagues at work, while 88.4 percent agreed with the belief that the month “is a good time to reflect on their personal and professional goals.”

“Ramadan is a great month for MENA professionals,” said Suhail Masri, vice president of employer solutions, Bayt.com. “Not only do they reflect on their personal, spiritual, and professional life, they also become more focused and productive.”

Data for the 2018 Bayt.com ‘Ramadan in the Middle East’ poll was collected online from March 3, 2018 to April 11, 2018. Results are based on a sample of 9,149 respondents. Countries that participated are the UAE, Bahrain, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and others.

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Last Updated: Sun 06 May 2018 02:50 PM GST

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