2nd Annual Distributed Workforce MENA | 19th -20th September 2022 | Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Dubai

OVERVIEW

It is undeniable the world of work has undergone massive digital transformation and technology has enabled the survival of many companies over the past couple of years. That shift has proven to be more permanent than many corporate leaders had anticipated, corporations are beginning to develop hybrid employment arrangements in the hopes of extending their usefulness. According to IDC Worldwide, companies spending on “future of work” technology reached $656 billion in 2021, up more than 17% from the previous year. Riverbed and Aternity Hybrid Work Global Survey 2021 reported that 84% of UAE business and IT decision makers believe that at least a quarter of their workforce will remain hybrid post-pandemic and 38% saying more than half their workforce will be hybrid. This plan is not a surprise considering the fact that the typical business saves $11,000 per person, per year, by letting employees work remotely 50% of the time based on Global Workplace Analytics Report.

Riverbed and Aternity Hybrid Work Global Survey 2021 also reported 47% of UAE businesses believe they are completely prepared to support the shift to hybrid work with a staggering 98% of UAE businesses planning to invest in technology in the next 12-18 months to support their hybrid workforce. The country looks on track to successfully transform into a global hub for remote working as envisioned and supported by the country’s leadership. In fact, numerous studies show that by 2025 remote work will equal or surpass traditional fixed office work and more than 82% of millennials who work remotely report an increased sense of loyalty to their employers as a result.