The online portal Bayt.com recently conducted a ‘Ramadan in the MENA Workplace’ poll revealing interesting insights on the business climate in the region. 

The poll reports that 80 per cent of the working population in the MENA region believe that Ramadan is a month that lifts morale at work. Moreover, 44.5 per cent say that employer efficiency is not affected.

Nine out of 10 professionals (86.9 per cent) say that the companies they work in have different official working hours during Ramadan when compared to the rest of the year. In terms of impact on performance, 58 per cent of professionals say that more working hours throughout the Holy Month will have a positive impact on their performance. The sentiment is mirrored when it comes to company performance as well, with 42.1 per cent agreeing that more working hours will have a positive impact on their company’s performance, although 41.3 per cent “strongly agree” that more working hours will have a positive impact.

Business is slower in Ramadan, according to 74.7 per cent of respondents – 46.4 per cent of which strongly believe so. This could be attributed to the fact that 69 per cent of professionals claim that colleagues tend to take their holidays during the Holy Month. Another possible reason for lower productivity, according to 81.1 per cent of poll respondents, could be people staying up late. In addition, 90 per cent believe that offering special bonuses to employees during Ramadan will be greatly motivating.

Data for Bayt.com’s ‘Ramadan in the MENA workplace’ poll was collected online from 20 May to 24 June 2014, with 7,394 respondents from UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. 

Rushika Bhatia Editor

Rushika Bhatia is one of the region’s leading commentators on business and current affairs issues. She is the Editor of SME Advisor magazine - the flagship title of CPI Business. She is passionate about infographics – with special emphasis on data, research and statistics. Rushika has a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University, USA and is also CIMA qualified.

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