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Most Middle East employees see benefits of remote work, survey finds

A Bayt.com survey found that most employees in the Middle East and North Africa enjoy the flexibility that remote work offers them

Most Middle East employees see benefits of remote work, survey finds

Almost three-quarters of professionals across the MENA region prefer jobs that allow them to work remotely, according to a new survey job site Bayt.com.

According to the poll, 74 percent of respondents said they preferred employers that allowed them to have a work-from-home option.

Of the respondents, 35 percent said they like remote work because it allows for flexible working hours, compared to 30 percent who cited increased productivity, 24 percent who said they’d save on transportation, food and other expenses, and 9 percent who said that it would allow them to spend more time with family.

“The recent shift towards remote work has radically changed the way most MENA businesses operate,” said Ola Haddad, director of human resources at Bayt.com. “Post pandemic, many companies will likely continue offering flexible and remote work to save money and boost employee morale.”

Additionally, a majority – 87 percent – of respondents said they have all the resources and tools needed to carry out their job remotely.

Half of the survey’s respondents said that they believe there’s more room for professional growth, while 21 percent said that they believe professional growth is not impacted by work arrangements.

A vast majority – 89 percent – of respondents said that MENA companies will favour employees who are able to carry out their jobs independently and remotely.

In the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, 90 percent of respondents said they expect that remote work will increase over the next decade.

Several challenges, however, were identified by employees working remotely, including feeling disconnected from employees (24 percent), absence of learning opportunities (20) and overwork and an inability to disconnect (9 percent).

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