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What Are The Middle East’s Working From Home Habits?

Forbes Middle East has conducted a regional survey to see how people are feeling about working from home, focusing on daily habits, productivity, challenges, and employer support

76.3% of respondents work as well or better at home, with 42% just as productive working at home 29% start their day with a coffee, and 22.8 % start off reading their emails More than 23% said distractions were their biggest challenge

Some of the results were surprising.

Key findings

  • Productivity either stays the same or improves from home

76.3% of respondents work as well or better at home, with 42% saying that they are just as productive working at home as they are in the office.

  • More people meditate first thing in the morning than go on social media

Just 17.4% of people start their day by reading the news. Less surprisingly, 29% start their day with a coffee, and 22.8 % start off reading their emails. More than 9.3% meditate first thing in the morning. Only 7.7% access social media immediately after waking up.

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  • Bad internet connection and environment are a barrier

More than 23% said distractions were their biggest challenge. An unstable internet connection was a problem for 18.9 %. Only 17% found communication to be a problem.

  • People are taking the lockdown seriously—most go out no more than once a week

People are taking the lockdown seriously. About 38.3% of respondents go out just once a week, and 26.8% go out less than that.

  • Most people try to keep the same routine, but have made a few changes

57.4% have tried to keep the same routine, but a few things have changed.

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Who answered the survey?

  • 65% of respondents were male.
  • 34% of respondents were aged 36-45, and 27% were aged 26- 35.
  • 4% were aged below 25, and 3% were over 65.
  • 9% of respondents were CEOs
  • A third of the respondents were managers or higher.

Check out the full results here.