By Lubna Hamdan
Over a third said their workload increases during the holy month, according to a poll by Middle East job site Bayt.com
More than eight in 10 professionals in the MENA region will make more time to find a job during Ramadan, according to a poll by Middle East job site Bayt.com.
Around 60 percent of respondents said their productivity does not change during the holy month and 29 percent said they feel more productive during Ramadan, while 11 percent said they become less productive.
Moreover, 39 percent agree that their workload increases during the holy month, and 23 percent said their workload stays the same during Ramadan, while 30 percent of respondents said it decreases.
However, the majority (73 percent) are satisfied with the support they receive from their managers, while 16 percent are neutral towards this aspect, and only 11 percent report being dissatisfied.
Companies in the MENA region offer adjustments such as flexible work arrangements to accommodate lower productivity/ leniency with deadlines during the holy month when Muslims are fasting.
Ola Haddad, director of human resources at Bayt.com, believes Ramadan is "a great month for MENA professionals" to reflect on their personal, spiritual, and professional life, with 16 percent agreeing that Ramadan is a good time to focus on their professional goals, and 81 percent saying they adopt a healthier lifestyle during the holy month.
“Our new poll shows that many professionals find Ramadan a better time to put their career plans into action. With thousands of jobs available on Bayt.com on any given day, we ensure that we support all job seekers with their professional goals during the holy month," said Haddad.
More than a quarter (29 percent) of respondents in the poll also said practicing religious and spiritual life is their favourite aspect of Ramadan, while 10 percent said they enjoy gathering with friends and family, four percent said they like slowing down and enjoying the quiet time.
When it comes to companies, 55 percent of MENA respondents agree that their company increases charitable activities during the holy month, while 15 percent say they stay the same.
Data for the poll ‘Ramadan in the Middle East and North Africa’ was collected online from March 19, 2020 to May 3, 2020 based on a sample of 2,487 respondents from the following countries: UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, and others.
Bayt.com is used by over 40,000 global employers and has a database of over 38 million professionals.