Happiness and health define success for UAE employees, LinkedIn data shows

Data from a new LinkedIn campaign shows that a majority of UAE expat employees believe they have enjoyed high levels of success in the country
Happiness and health define success for UAE employees, LinkedIn data shows
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Wed 05 Sep 2018 12:39 PM

Being happy and healthy are the ultimate signs of professional success for a majority of employees in the UAE, according to new data from LinkedIn.

According to LinkedIn’s global “In it Together” campaign, 66 percent of UAE employees queried defined success as “being happy”, compared to 63 percent who identified “being healthy” and 53 percent who identified “maintaining a work-life balance” as the definitions of success.

Among the UAE’s expats, 44.9 percent said they consider themselves “very successful” in the UAE work environment in comparison to their experiences in their countries of origin, while 35.9 percent described themselves as “fairly successful”.

Additionally, 57.3 percent of people noted that exposure to other cultures helps make them more creative, while 59 percent said they have learned more because of that exposure.

The survey also found that 60.9 percent of UAE professionals have a workplace best friend. Just over half – 50.8 percent – said their ‘bestie’ helps them get through the day, while 35.8 percent said they make them feel more confident and 32.8 percent said they help in their career progression.

“Our latest study conveys intriguing insights into the UAE’s labour force, revealing how a significant number believe themselves to have attained professional success already,” said Ali Matar, head of LinkedIn MENA. “In addition, it highlights the impact of diversity in the workplace, confirming that people learn and evolve when surrounded by unique perspectives and skill sets.”

Mattar added that “the results also break down the perception that success happens within a vacuum.”

“Each of us have entire communities to thank for our careers – from our families and friends, to our colleagues and mentors,” he noted.

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