Better employee engagement would improve UAE life satisfaction
A new study by management consultancy firm Gallup has revealed that only 16 per cent of employees in the UAE feel engaged in their jobs, and that improvements in this metric would help the country achieve its happiness and positivity targets. The State of the Global
Workplace report identified only 16 per cent of employees as being engaged at work, with 69 per cent not engaged, and a further 16 per cent ‘actively disengaged’.
A similar picture is painted across the Gulf, with Saudi Arabia’s workforce found to be 17 per cent engaged, 62 per cent not engaged, and 21 per cent actively disengaged. Kuwait’s employees were found to be 15 per cent engaged, 65 per cent not engaged and 20 per cent actively disengaged and Bahrain’s were found to be 16 per cent engaged, 67 per cent not engaged, and 16 per cent actively disengaged.
The global average is 15 per cent engaged, and 85 per cent either not engaged or actively disengaged.
Gallup’s report suggested that an improvement in engagement levels would help boost the UAE’s happiness and positivity credentials, in line with the ambitions of the nation’s federal government.
The consultancy has devised a theoretical model that links four specific aspects of work to overall life satisfaction, one of which is engagement. The other three are trust, positivity, and integration.
Central to improving each of these four aspects, according to the report, is the promotion of talented managers.
“Gallup research shows that managers are responsible for at least 70 per cent of the variance in their employees’ engagement," wrote the authors of the paper.
“Yet even with so much riding on this, managers are often promoted due to their previous success in a non-managerial role or simply due to having experience in the particular organisation, agency or field of expertise.
“Instead, organisations should select managers based on their inherent talent for managing – including their ability to foster positive relationships with their team members while keeping them motivated and focused on outcomes that are both meaningful and attainable.”