As the holy month of Ramadan will begin in the mid of May 2018, Muslim employees will begin fasting, and as HR managers you need to prepare for potential changes in the workplace.
Employees’ performance in almost all businesses in Saudi Arabia drops during the month of Ramadan. On the other hand, consumption increases significantly in the Food & Beverage Sector.
The decrease in performance can be due to a sudden change of the body clock and daily habits. Nonetheless, low performance and constant reporting in sick are common features during the month of Ramadan. This should not justify being lazy and less productive, Ramadan is the month of worship and hard work.
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayer, fasting, giving to charity, and religious devotion.
The private sector working hours for Muslim employees is 6 hours a day or 36 hours per week during the holly month of Ramadan. Most Saudi Arabia cities come to life at night and shops open around 9 pm and stay open until the early hours of morning.
On average the private sector work hours is 160 per month or 40 hours per week, the decrease work hours during Ramadan is 120 or 30 hours per week. This loss represents a 1.33% reduction in productivity. The decline in productivity will have economic output implications.
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