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80pc Mena employees feel engaged in workplace

Dubai, April 2, 2014

More than 80 per cent of employees in the Mena region feel engaged in the work place and are willing to go the extra mile for their company, driven by passion and a profound connection that drives them to desire success, said a report.

Six in 10 (57.1 per cent) believe that their company’s management makes job satisfaction a top priority, stated a recent poll conducted by leading job site Bayt.com.

The majority of poll respondents (70.5 per cent) say that their manager values their skills and the contributions they make to the company, while poor performance is addressed by 80.4 per cent of poll-takers’ companies.

For the most part, senior management across the board is held accountable for achieving goals, according to 64 per cent of respondents – though 76.4 per cent strongly believe that it’s the employees that bear the weight of achieving goals, said the survey entitled ‘Employee Engagement in the Mena.’

Four in 10 managers always do a good job of sharing information, with only 25 per cent rarely hitting that particular benchmark. Beyond information, 65.4 per cent of employee respondents state that they have all of the resources that they need to do a good job. On the other hand, 34.6 per cent claim to need resources that would help their job performance improve.

According to 70 per cent of poll respondents, communications channels are open in their companies; they feel they can disagree with their manager without fear of getting in trouble.

The survey found that majority (60.6 per cent) strongly agree that their company measures job performance in a way that is fair to all staff, with an additional fifth (19.6 per cent) somewhat agreeing to the same statement.

Just more than half (52.2 per cent) say that they ‘always’ receive feedback to help improve their performance, while 34.2 per cent state that feedback is given ‘sometimes’. Almost half (49.7 per cent) of regional professionals have regular career discussions with their manager, whereas 32.3 per cent have the same on an irregular basis, said the Bayt.com study.
 
Nine in 10 (88.7 per cent) claim to have a good understanding of the mission and goals of their organization, and 95 per cent understand how their work directly contributes to the company’s overall success.

The survey also found that majority (93 per cent) are involved in decisions that impact their work.

Suhail Al-Masri, the VP of sales, Bayt.com said: "Employee engagement is a hot topic in today’s workplace with good reason; employees engaged in their work are likely to be motivated, to remain loyal to their employer and to stay focused on achieving business goals and driving the organization’s future."

"Disengaged employees can drag down others and impact critical business areas. Beyond salary, psychological and social fulfillment can determine which employees are motivated to stay, perform, and contribute to organization success," he remarked.

Companies that realize the importance of employee engagement understand that encouraging high performance and aligning talent with business strategy requires getting to the heart of what matters to employees, stated Al Masri.

"At Bayt.com, we know that employee engagement is very important for a great business environment. As a testament to our commitment to the region, we are launching the Bayt.com Employer of Choice Awards, a platform that further empowers employers with intelligence feedback that can fuel workplace happiness," he added.

Al Masri invited companies across the UAE to participate free of charge until May 10. "To nominate your company for the Bayt.com Employer of Choice Awards, simply log on to www.bayt.com/en/company/award/ and follow the entry process procedures."

According to him, the Bayt.com Employer of Choice Awards will recognize companies for their corporate wellness values as related to employee engagement and employer branding activities.

Industry-specific ranking lists and awards will also be provided to help companies benchmark and assess themselves within their peer groups, Al Masri pointed out.

The awards platform builds on the HR acumen and market insights and research Bayt.com has garnered after a decade and a half serving the region’s employers in finding top talent and analyzing, understanding and leveraging regional HR and recruitment trends.

Suha Mardelli Haroun, the HR director for Bayt.com said: "Our mission at Bayt.com is to empower employers and employees alike with the information and tools they need to build their lifestyles of choice."

"Employee engagement is very important to enhance productivity and employer brand building is important to attract top talent to any business, and winning a Bayt.com Employer of Choice Award reinforces the efforts by the HR community to build a solid employer brand with a happy and engaged workforce which will greatly contribute towards the key success metrics for any organization," stated Mardelli Haroun.

The awards are the only ones in the Middle East that celebrate corporate culture based on the market perception of professionals in general, as well as each particular company’s employees, she added.-TradeArabia News Service




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