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What makes expats and UAE nationals happy at work?

November 2015

November 4, 2015 | 16:30 | Dubai

UAE nationals and expatriates have radically different perspectives when it comes to what matters most to them at work. While UAE nationals have a more career-oriented outlook, expats tend to put more emphasis on intrinsic rewards, according to a study by The Boston Consulting Group and The Network, a global alliance of more than 50 leading recruitment websites.

For UAE nationals, the most important single job element is job security, followed by employer reputation, company values, financial stability, good relationships with colleagues, corporate social responsibility (CSR), a good work/life balance, leadership responsibilities, a high performance culture, and learning/development opportunities.

In contrast, UAE expats’ happiness on the job depends first and foremost on the level of appreciation they receive for their work. Then comes a good work/life balance, good relationships with superiors and colleagues, leadership responsibilities, learning/development opportunities, company values, job security, financial stability, and lastly, job content.

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