UAE employees bored at work for 5 hours a week
On average, managers have recognised that their employees are spending nearly 13 per cent of their week bored at work, according to research from leading recruitment specialist, Robert Half UAE. For an average full-time employee working an 8 hour day, this is equivalent to 5.2 hours a week.
Managers in the UAE highlighted the reasons that employees are most likely to be bored during the course of the week. Nearly half (47 per cent) of the managers confessed that work was not interesting enough, that staff don’t feel challenged (36 per cent) and that there are too many meeting that are poorly executed (34 per cent). Other reasons cited include:
Lack of diversity within the role – 30 per cent
They don’t enjoy interacting with their colleagues – 25 per cent
There isn’t enough work to do – 25 per cent
Bad/inefficient management – 16 per cent
They are overburdened by strict policies and procedures – 14 per cent
Don’t’ understand the significance of their contribution to profitability – 7 per cent
Gareth El Mettouri, Associate Director, Robert Half UAE says that in order to ensure that employees perform to the best of their ability and remain interested in their jobs, employers need to introduce greater variety by giving workers the opportunity to develop new skills or take on additional responsibilities. He added that it is important to remember that employees who are more interested in their jobs are likely to make a greater contribution to the organisation and contribute to its long-term success.
El Mettouri is also of the opinion that the professionals, who feel unfulfilled at work, should take the opportunity to address the problem with their manager. “Without raising your hand, you might be limiting your career progression. As one spends approximately a third of their life at work, they should aim to find a purposeful role where they can add value and find fulfillment”, he said.