Do you have a real future in your current job?
Beyond the salary, employees what to feel like they are working their way up into a company and not just feel like part of an assembly line.
December 4, 2011 4:31 by Precious de Leon
Next week, Kipp is scheduled to bring you our findings on Corporate Cultures in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. We tackle HR issues, gossiping in the office and boss-staff relationships.
For now however here’s a study that, in the UAE workplace, people really do want to stay in the company and when they do leave, it’s most likely because the grass really is greener on the other side.
According to a recent Bayt.com study, to feel engaged, what employees (44.7 percent) really want is “more opportunities to learn and grow within the company”. This is the number one way for employees to feel engaged at work.
A better salary and benefits package only comes a distant second at 17.1 percent. And the rest are listed as:
- a clear career path (13.7 percent)
- a good relationship with colleagues (9.1 percent), and
- a good relationship with their manager or supervisor (8.6 percent)
Only 6.8 percent believe that more recognition or appreciation will increase their level of engagement at work, which is just as well because, appallingly, only 12.7 percent of professionals said their employers offer all four of these motivational stimuli.
Moreover, the study raised our eyebrows a little bit because it found that that 77 percent of employees in the Middle East “feel engaged at work” despite 62.9 percent of companies not offering any form of incentives or plaudits.
Could it be that the difficult job hunt and the economic crisis has been pushing employees to reassess and lower expectations on working environments? Otherwise, how can a majority of people say they are satisfied with a company that’s not doing anything for them?
Of course it could be that this is just the corporate culture in the UAE, that most of just are just grateful to have a job at all. UAE? Satisfied without employee reward programmes or peer-to-peer recognition at all? Hmm…changing times, indeed.
But before we encourage owners of corporations across the country to continue to not care about anything else but the bottomline, the study does say that 62.2 percent of poll respondents say that they do receive recognition or praise at work. About 23.8 percent state that they do not find it necessary to have someone encourage their development while of those who do have their efforts lauded, 44.4 percent receive encouragement from their supervisor or manager, with colleagues being a boost source for a further 25.5 percent. So all is not that bad, we suppose.
Let’s look at the brighter side and see how companies who do have reward systems in place execute their programmes:
Of the companies (12 percent) that do attempt to boost engagement levels are doing so by:
- showing more recognition (25.3 percent)
- giving more rewards (22.5 percent)
- encouraging open communication (24.5 percent)
- increasing transparency (13.3 percent), and
- empowering staff (14.5 percent)
What about you? Does your company have any reward programme at all? Or do you have stories on demotivation? Leave a comment or email us at [email protected]