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Key Workplace Trends in the United Arab Emirates

State of the Workplace in UAE

UAE sets the regional pace when it comes to high workplace engagement. What impact does higher engagement have on the employee experience today?

How happy are employees? Has the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing had an impact on UAE workplaces?

How have the last three years shaped employee retention, and what can leaders do to attract new talent?

Download the executive summary to see how workplaces have grown in the United Arab Emirates.

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Results are based on telephone interviews (CATI) conducted from May 25 to June 11, 2022, with a random sample of 1,000 employed adults (18 years and older) working for an employer. All respondents were living in UAE and selected using random-digit-dial sampling. Interviews were conducted with respondents on cellular phones. The survey was conducted in Arabic, English, Hindi and Urdu. Samples are weighted by nationals/expats, gender, age, region and education (national only). Demographic weighting targets are based on 2020 and 2021 Gallup World Poll UAE surveys. For results based on this sample, the margin of sampling error is ±3.47 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

Find out how UAE leaders can tackle wellbeing at the workplace

Half of all employees in the UAE say they do not strongly agree that their company cares about their overall wellbeing. How can managers step up and be wellbeing advocates for their team members?

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The UAE is setting the pace among GCC countries in terms of employee engagement and wellbeing, according to Gallup's 2022 UAE workplace study. Learn how company leaders can accelerate this growth by investing in their talent.

15 pts. UAE employees' overall satisfaction with their place of work increased by 15 percentage points.
$10.3B Gallup estimates that disengaged employees cost the UAE economy a loss of up to $10.3 billion.
30% of employees in UAE are engaged at work.

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