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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

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 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]

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  1. mahmoud on December 4, 2011 6:41 pm

    being from the middle east and having worked there for over ten years i think i can help explain the disparity you came across between the percentage who say they “feel engaged” and the percentage who actually are provided with the means to be engaged..
    you see, you have to factor in an unbelievably high error factor and i would call it the middle eastern political/social correctness quotient. you know how common wisdom says people lie in research and say what they think is right not necessarily what is true? well, multiply that by ten for our arab world, a place where hiding behind cliches and customs, judging and being judged, is a way of life. sad thing for researchers is, its a real obstacle to uncovering anything of value in these parts… or may be it’s an opportunity for the persistent few who will keep scratching that thick surface

  2. MMMMMMMMMMMMM on December 5, 2011 8:30 am

    I recently attended a seminar of Recruitment Consultants in India. Over 30 known international recruitment consultants were present besides many from India. I have spoken to atleast 10 on the sidelines of the seminar. All of them categorically said that if one were to try to seek a job in India now-a-days, they can write-off their Middle East experience as this will not be counted for job assessment. They added that Middle East experience (all levels/all sectors) is considered as “Trading Environment Experience” – TEE which is not give much importance. This was a real eye opener and distressing. So all those Indian expatriates wishing to seek employment in India – 2 words – forget it.


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