Nearly half of UAE workers say their jobs are boring: study

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Updated 12 October 2017

Nearly half of UAE workers say their jobs are boring: study

DUBAI: Do you find your work lacks inspiration and that you often find that you are bored? According to a recent survey carried out in the UAE you are not alone.
The survey carried out by recruitment firm Robert Half UAE revealed that many people are experiencing up to five hours of boredom every week because of dull and monotonous daily tasks.
The research revealed that 47 percent of managers believed their work was not interesting enough, while 36 percent of staff said they did not feel challenged.
And management failures to inspire the workforce with interesting and varied tasks, as well as new challenges were blamed for workers spending 13 percent of their time feeling bored.
“To ensure 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,” said Robert Half UAE Associate Director Gareth El-Mettouri.
“It’s important to remember employees who are more interested in their jobs are likely to make a greater contribution to the organization and contribute to its long-term success.”
Other revealing findings of the study included the 34 percent of workers who felt there were too many unnecessary meetings and the quarter of staff who said they do not enjoy interacting with their colleagues.
Meanwhile overbearing policies and procedures made one-in-seven of those polled feel restricted.
Other concerns included 30 percent saying their role lacked diversity and a quarter felt there was not enough for them to do.
El-Mettouri said: “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.”


Pet cat tests positive for coronavirus in Hong Kong

Home veterinarian Wendy Jane McCulloch draws blood from 8-year-old cat Ivy at the closed Botanica Inc. office as she makes client home visits, which have additional safety protocols in recent weeks during the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., March 31, 2020. (REUTERS)
Updated 01 April 2020

Pet cat tests positive for coronavirus in Hong Kong

  • The cat is the third animal to test positive in Hong Kong, following earlier cases in which two dogs tested weak positive or positive during repeated tests for the virus

HONG KONG: A pet cat has tested positive for the coronavirus in Hong Kong after its owner was confirmed with having the virus, the city’s Agricultural and Fisheries department said, cautioning that the animal has not shown any signs of the disease.
In a notice late on Tuesday, the department said there is currently no evidence that pet animals can be a source of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and owners should not abandon their pets.
The World Health Organization also states on their website that there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19.
The cat is the third animal to test positive in Hong Kong, following earlier cases in which two dogs tested weak positive or positive during repeated tests for the virus. Authorities said the cat will continue to be monitored and examined.
Samples collected from the cat’s mouth, nose and rectum tested positive for the virus after it was sent to quarantine on March 30.
There has only been one other reported case of coronavirus in a cat, in Belgium, which is believed to have become infected from its owner, according to a statement from the Hong Kong Veterinary Association.
The Veterinary Association said the most likely way pets would be exposed to the virus is from their owners or other people they come into contact with, and the cases were no cause for alarm.