Remote working doesn´t lead to less productivity or motivation. According to a recent study by Michael Page it has the opposite effect, as many professionals in Morocco who work from home report that they are more motivated, productive and satisfied than before.
Around 52% of Morocco-based professionals say their productivity increased while working from home, with 41% sharing that their productivity stayed the same even after transitioning into the remote work set up due to the pandemic.
Remote working also didn´t lead to less motivation, on the contrary, more than 42% felt even more motivated and 47% of the survey respondents said their motivation levels stayed the same.
Employees are equally positive about their job satisfaction: 44% percent of professionals in Morocco said their job satisfaction increased with their work after transitioning to remote working and 43% staying as satisfied with their work as they were before the lockdown.
Most of the respondents (75%) said they adopted flexible start/finish hours during their workdays, with 74% sharing also that they did not reduce their working hours.
The lockdown resulted in the one of the biggest flexible work experiments in history, and according to professionals who took the survey, the remote work experience was more than successful. In fact, 44% of professionals who took our survey say that they feel as committed as before given the way their current employer managed their workforce during the lockdown, and 47% feeling even more committed than before.
Employees desire a blend of remote and office-based work
The world of flexible work is calling. 72% think that there will be positive outcomes from the COVID crisis, 64% of our respondents expecting that one of the most significant outcomes to be that companies will implement flexible work policies, such as opportunities to work remotely or to have flexible schedules, provide devices and so on.
77% of job applicants think that working remotely will be more important than before at the companies they are currently employed with. Having said that, even if they had the choice, many employees would still come to the office for a part of the working week. 28% would choose to work remotely for 2 days and 33% for 2 days a week.
Apart from salary, culture and career growth as pivotal consideration points for candidates considering switching into new positions, top talent will also consider what flexible work arrangements companies can offer. Now more than ever, candidates need to be convinced they are making the right decision for themselves and their family.
Imad Gourari, Director, Michael Page Morocco
Remote working increased dramatically
The question is if the companies will listen to their employees and grant their wish to work more from home than they used to do before the crisis. Because remote working was not all that common before, COVID forced companies to implement flexible work policies.
When the lockdown was imposed in Morocco, the number of employees working remotely increased. 38% of professionals responding to our survey worked remotely. The only people not working from home were those without a job (5%), or with the sort of job that didn´t allow for remote working, for example in a warehouse or store-based roles (59%).
About the survey
Michael Page Africa surveyed approximately 130 professionals and job applicants based in Morocco over a little bit more than a month, to try and understand the affect the recent crisis had on their professional lives, the support they got from their company and what they did to make the best of the situation.
If you would like to learn more about the candidate sentiment about the current job market, you can access our quarterly survey results. If you are a hiring manager, you can learn more about our recruitment services. Job seekers and professionals looking for their next career opportunity can apply for jobs we are currently recruiting for in Morocco.
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