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Survey reveals majority of Middle East companies flexible about working from home

Latest poll from Bayt.com shows just 50% have an emergency plan in case of a second wave of Covid-19 cases

Survey reveals majority of Middle East companies flexible about working from home

Latest poll from Bayt.com shows just 50% have an emergency plan in case of a second wave of Covid-19 cases.

Seventy percent of companies in the MENA region are flexible about staff continuing to work from home once the Covid-19 global pandemic is under control, according to the latest statistics from Bayt.com.

Working from home practices have been widely adopted throughout the current health crisis, particularly when countries were forced into lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The ‘Role of HR During Covid-19 Pandemic in the MENA’ poll, from Bayt.com, revealed that a third of respondents said their HR department had conducted a survey to ask for employees’ opinion on returning to the workplace after Covid-19.

More than half (51 percent) said that their company provided them with clear guidelines for safety and health in the workplace after pandemic to a great extent, and 23 percent said their company guided them to a certain extent.

According to the respondents, main responsibilities of the HR department during a crisis should include: ensuring safety and security of the physical workspace (40 percent), securing alternative work arrangements such as remote work and flexible hours (35 percent), managing emergency response at all levels (11 percent), facilitating communication between teams and managers (eight percent) and advocating for employees’ wellbeing (four percent).

Seventy percent of survey respondents agree that the HR department in their company is doing a good job in sharing updates on business performance during the current crisis; 42 percent rated the performance of their HR department as excellent; 22 percent rated it as good and 12 percent said it was average.

However, only half said that their company has an emergency plan should a new surge in Covid-19 cases occur and 75 percent said that their HR department has a clear plan to keep up with expected changes in the business world after coronavirus.

Survey results are based on a sample of 2,862 respondents from the UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, and others.

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