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Data for the poll, Ramadan in the Middle East and North Africa Workplace, was gathered online between 17 and 29 May 2016 and involved more than 3,660 respondents.
The survey found that 63.5% of observant Muslims believe that Ramadan lifts overall morale at work, while 56.3% noticed an increase in charitable activities in their firms during the month, during which they may not eat or drink between dawn and sunset. Some 53.7% socialised more with their co-workers.
The majority of those who took part in the survey (53.7%) do not take time off during Ramadan, though 56.9% said they do travel during Eid (the religious holiday that marks the end of Ramadan).
Bayat.com's online questionnaire includes responses from workers from the UAE, Bahrain, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
Ramadan is the favourite time of year for 86.8% of MENA professionals, with more than eight in ten (81.1%) seeing more family and friends during the holy month. Almost 95% of them give more to charity during this period.
"There are substantial changes in the MENA workplace during the month of Ramadan, and it is important for both employers, employees and job seekers to have a clear view of what to expect during this time," said Suhail Masri, vice-president of employer solutions at Bayt.com.
"It is interesting that more than three in every five respondents believe that their morale is lifted during Ramadan, which is something employers can use to build employee loyalty, engagement and retention."
Researchers concluded that there is a probable link between night work and weight gain. ANSES says that eating sweeter food could be a “compensatory homeostatic response to sleep deprivation” – which shift and night workers are known to suffer.
At least an hour's moderate intensity exercise a day is needed to reverse the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle, the research suggests.The study, published in doctor's journal The Lancet, was conducted by a team of international researchers who analysed 16 studies with data on time spent sitting and in physical activity and mortality from more than one million men and women.
Complete Demolition had been contracted to demolish a school at Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port in Cheshire to make way for a new leisure centre. On 27 November 2013, while the site was being cleared, a skip truck driver reversed into a space that a 40 tonne excavator was vacating. Another worker, who was on foot, was standing in the same area. As the excavator manoeuvred it hit him, knocked him to the ground and ran over his foot.
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