Over 72% say work-life balance is key to overall happiness in the office
Over 95 percent of employees in the UAE believe they would be more productive if they were happier in their workplace, according to research by insurance firm Bupa Global which surveyed almost 1,000 individuals in the country.
It revealed over 72 percent of respondents feel work-life balance is key to managing employee wellbeing and overall happiness in the workplace.
Furthermore, 60 percent of respondents said they were happiest at work in the morning, with over 67 percent of them claiming to be most productive during this period. While the survey indicates some common motivators, it is fundamental to have a tailored approach and seek to understand the individual needs of the workforce.
The research was commissioned by Oman Insurance Company (OIC) and Bupa Global in May 2017.
Another study by HR consultancy Tower Perrins showed operating income of businesses with high levels of employee engagement rose more than 19 percent, while those with low levels dropped over 32 percent.
According to the firms, many employees feel stress due to pressure of trying to find work life balance. Employers can improve that by allowing flexible working hours, where people can either work from home or flex their hours.
Companies should also value their employees’ time off, where they are not required, for example, to check emails while on holiday. That way, when they return, they are more likely to be more productive.
Employees, on the other hand, can manage their happiness at work by learning more about stress and how to deal with it.