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Times of Oman - 07.04.2015

Muscat: Learning and personal growth are most important factors for job satisfaction in Oman, a survey reveals.

"Around 87 per cent of respondents in Oman find it most important to work for an organisation that encourages learning and personal growth," the survey conducted by The Bayt.com and YouGov says.

The survey titled 'Job Satisfaction in the Middle East and North Africa' also reveals that among Omani employees the sense of achievement is 85 per cent and pay is 77 per cent.

The other important factors are team spirit which is 85 per cent, doing what I love is 76 per cent and exercising their creativity is 79 per cent. 

However, the survey also reveals that Oman respondents place less importance on contributing to the community which is 68 per cent than their counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa.

"I am not surprised to see from the results of the survey, that learning and development ranks more highly in terms of job satisfaction for Omanis," Tonia Gray, general manager at Competence HR, told Times of Oman.

"At Competence HR we undertake employee engagement surveys for our clients to assess current levels of satisfaction and motivation, and having access to company supported training always scores highly. I often tell clients that although the level of compensation will usually be an issue – nearly everyone wants to earn more – that their employees are far more motivated by having attention paid to their personal development. The people that one works alongside are also very important in Oman and many see their colleagues as their extended family," Tonia added.

According to the survey, overall, 45 per cent of respondents enjoy coming to work every day; 38 per cent are satisfied with their present job, with 16 per cent of them being "very satisfied". 

Around 28 per cent of respondents see themselves working for the same company for the next two years, while 58 per cent are actively trying to move to another organization. 

Over half of respondents strongly believe that they could easily find a similar job in another organisation. 

A low base salary category of 65 per cent followed by a lack of career growth opportunities around 60 per cent are the main reasons for leaving an organization.

One fourth strongly believe that their company's environment is happy and pleasant. 

Around 25 per cent strongly think that the morale in their company is high, while 30 per cent have an opposite opinion.

In general, trust levels towards both senior management and line managers are low. 

Only a quarter of Oman employees strongly trust their line managers and senior management.

The majority of respondents, around 61 per cent, say that the performance of their organisation is either stable or improving. 

Only 34 per cent believe that their company shows an interest in the well-being of its employees.

Around 44 per cent of respondents claim that they have a good work-life balance, while 22 per cent strongly believe the opposite.

On average, 58 per cent of respondents have medical insurance for themselves; 64 per cent have holiday pay; and almost 1 out of 2 receive a sick pay.

"It is interesting to see that only 25 per cent of respondents are happy with training in their company, when the most important factor related to job satisfaction in the region is learning and personal growth. Companies should thus invest more time and effort in training their employees, ensuring that they have a clear career path, satisfying pay, and a job that gives them a sense of achievement and the opportunity to give back to their community,"Suhail Masri, VP of Sales, Bayt.com said.

Meanwhile, Elissavet Vraka, YouGov said results from the survey show that salary is indeed one of the most important factors for job satisfaction throughout the region, but other attributes – such as personal learning and growth – are of equal importance. 

"Such results should provide a clear idea to companies who want to build a happy, engaged and loyal workforce – one that wants to stick around and come to work every day," Elissavet added.
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