Change of working hours in Ramadan suggested

Change of working hours in Ramadan suggested
Updated 12 July 2014

Change of working hours in Ramadan suggested

Change of working hours in Ramadan suggested

Public and private sector workers have called on the government to review working hours for Muslims in Ramadan to improve productivity, including looking at evening shifts.
They told Arab News that the review should take into account changes to routines and sleeping hours during the month of fasting.
They said there are poor services at many government offices during Ramadan, particularly during the first week when staff members are either absent or not doing their work.
Ali Hazaa, who works for a private company, said he finds it difficult to get used to the different work schedule in Ramadan and is unable to get to bed early. He said lack of sleep results in lethargy at work.
“It would be better for Ramadan to be a holiday for all employees so they can have enough time to fulfill religious obligations, or to have an evening shift so they can coordinate their work and prevent delays,” he said.
Saleh Al-Hamadi, a worker, said: “I think it would be better for working hours to change to the evening during Ramadan so that staff are not lazy and can do their work properly.”
Other workers, however, say that Ramadan does not affect their productivity. “I support the need for employees to work during Ramadan,” said Hassan Alqani. “But I think the work period should be reduced to two weeks during the month to allow individuals enough time to attend to their social and religious obligations, particularly during the last 10 days of Ramadan.”
He said workers are tired and absent from work mainly because they have to adjust to new routines, especially at the beginning of the month.
For Ahmed Eid, working in Ramadan is special because of the balance required for worship and working. “Undoubtedly, the productivity of employees declines during Ramadan for a number of health and biological reasons, but I think this is exacerbated by the later working hours in Ramadan, which starts at 10:00 a.m.,” he said. “Making working hours from 7:00 a.m. to 12 noon in my opinion would be much better in terms of regulating employees' time and productivity levels.”
Khaled Al-Zahrani said he prefers working during Ramadan and does not find it difficult. “I prefer working during the day in Ramadan because it is easier. There are fewer people at government departments during this time.”
Ahmed Asiri said something must be done to improve productivity at government departments. “We have a hard time at government departments in Ramadan because there are fewer employees.
This results in paperwork and procedures taking longer,” he said.