A survey by Bayt.com reveals that 84% of employees in the UAE want a challenging job.
“Being challenged at work has ranked as the top job attribute that UAE professionals want to have,” according to the report.
What matters most to UAE professionals?
The survey says that 83% of respondents consider that advanced technology in the workplace is of great importance while 87% of job seekers say that their potential company should use advanced technology.
Work-life balance comes in third place for UAE employees.
Around 82% of respondents believe that this is an important factor in any work environment, placing it one percent higher than fair evaluations, and innovation.
Other elements that were considered important in a workplace include fair evaluation systems (81% of employees say it is important), transparency in communication (79% of employees say it is important), and team building and fun activities (76% of employees say it is important).
Besides attractiveness, retention is an element that many organizations strive to master.
When asked about factors that mostly drive loyalty, 37% of responses focused on ‘opportunities for long-term career advancement’ while 34% focused on ‘training and development opportunities.’
“It is essential to acknowledge what is most important to those employed in the UAE, as well as what they look for in potential workplaces. By understanding this, organizations can work towards boosting their attractiveness, retention, and even reputation and performance, all while meeting the needs of their employees,” said Suhail Masri, VP of Employer Solutions, Bayt.com.
Business values and culture
Over half (51%) of UAE respondents said company culture is ‘one of the determining factors when joining a company’, 39% said ‘it is important but not a determining factor’, only 4% said ‘they don’t pay attention to company culture’, while the remainder (7%) didn’t provide an answer.
When asked about business values that make a company more attractive in the UAE, 52% cited ‘good ethics and practices’, 42% said ‘friendly company culture’, 24% said ‘corporate social responsibility’, and 10% said ‘green consciousness / efforts’, indicating that UAE professionals are wary of the various elements that make up a company’s mission and impact on societies.
In the UAE, there seems to be a higher preference for larger companies, as 64% of respondents feel that an ideal company size has more than 50 employees.
In regards to office layout, the opinions vary. 23% of UAE professionals prefer an ‘open plan’ layout, 22% prefer ‘closed rooms’, 17% prefer ‘workstations’, 14% prefer ‘cubicles’, while 19% have ‘no preference’ in this matter.
When it came to the interior design of an office, 56% of UAE respondents said that the interior design of their offices ‘reflects the company’s brand and value’.
Finding the perfect workplace
Responses varied when asked how easy it is to access information about company culture and work environment. 21% of UAE respondents said it is ‘very easy’, 30% said it is ‘somewhat easy’, 27% said it is ‘neither easy nor difficult’, 11% said it is ‘somewhat difficult’, and 5% said it is ‘very difficult’.
To understand this issue further, respondents were asked about the most useful company information and the most effective ways to promote that information to job seekers.
‘Online company pages targeting job seekers’ was voted the most effective method of communicating information.
In regards to the type of information job seekers want to learn about the most, 55% of UAE respondents said ‘company benefits and perks’, 38% said ‘employee testimonials and reviews’, 22% said ‘awards and milestones’, 17% said ‘company events and socials’, and 7% said ‘photos and videos of the workplace’.
Masri says: “At Bayt.com, we’ve been working with over 40,000 employers and over 30.5 million job seekers across the MENA region for more than 18 years. As part of our endeavor to provide the tools and information to all professionals in the region, we are working on making more company information readily accessible through a new and advanced Bayt.com company profile solution.”