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UAE businesses opt for flexible workplaces to win the war on talent

UAE business leaders and HR heads are re-looking traditional office real estate strategies in line with demands of top talent, according to a recent study by International Workplace Group (IWG), the parent group of leading workspace companies including Regus.

The UAE study, part of a comprehensive global study based on the insights of over 18,000 business people across 96 companies, reveals that 84% believe that enabling employees to work from anywhere helps recruit and retain top talent.

The study also found that 87% of workers prefer the option of working flexibly, while 91% of UAE business leaders recognize that flexible workspace enables employees in their companies to be more productive while on the move.

Katerina Manou, IWG Regional Vice President said: “The competitive advantage for businesses of all sizes to attract, retain and engage top talent by removing limits on their office space is game-changing. It’s a workplace revolution being driven by the increasing digital mobility and connectivity of our world, and enables companies to recruit the best talent globally without necessarily re-locating them to one specific office.”

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“Not only can flexible workspace options solve talent challenges, our study shows it also drives additional business benefits. In terms of the UAE businesses surveyed, 91% believe flexible working helps their business grow, while 93% said that flexible working helps them create a presence in new markets.”

According to the study, other benefits highlighted by UAE business leaders include:

-97% believe flexible working helps their business stay competitive

-91% believe flexible working helps their business maximize profits

-84% stated it helps them mitigate risk

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In the UAE, IWG is known through its Regus brand, offering flexible workspaces across the UAE, including Dubai, Ajman, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. A truly global network with over 3,000 locations in more than 100 countries, Regus serves 2.5 million members worldwide. In addition to making the latest workspace infrastructure available, Regus also provides administrative support for its members, ensuring all contact with a company’s customers is both professional and personal, and helping to minimize the operational costs of hiring fulltime admin staff.

Over 18,000 professionals from a range of different industries in 96 countries were surveyed in the IWG Flexible Working Survey. The sample is drawn from an IWG global contacts database of over 2.1 million senior businesspeople, managers or business owners, worldwide.

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