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Ooredoo extends staff structures for ‘work from home’ to year-end

Ooredoo extends staff structures for ‘work from home’ to year-end

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IN a pilot initiative aimed at adopting and supporting a more agile digital culture amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Ooredoo Group has extended its work-from-home procedures, allowing employees whose work doesn’t require being physically in the office, to continue working remotely until the end of 2020.
The group is one of the pioneering organisations in the region to make such a decision, paving the way for an innovative work environment that could reshape the contemporary workplace.
Ooredoo Group employees and contractors will be allowed to have more flexible working arrangements from home, or the office, subject to individual agreement and management discretion. As for the group’s operating companies around the world, each will have flexibility to test more localised working arrangements in a way that works best for them, and in line with the regulations and directions of the countries they operate in.
Based on key lessons learned in the recent period, the group management team believes that this ‘experiment’ will foster the creation of a more agile and modern work culture. As a leader in technology and telecommunications, the group aims to leverage the insights of the recent period into competitive advantage.
Ooredoo Group’s Chief Executive Officer Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani said: “Amid the COVID-19 situation, we are presented with a real opportunity for taking our digital transformation journey to a whole new level, which will see our company leverage digital solutions to ultimately adopt a more holistic digital culture. This will transform the organisation and how we work. If colleagues found the combination of working off-site and socially distancing a challenge at first, we have emerged from this disruption empowered, able to get things done as a team - even when not sharing the same physical space – and even more dynamic. I’m both very excited and optimistic about the coming period.”
Ooredoo Group has led the way among regional tech companies by providing a supportive environment for colleagues working from home. As business returns to normal, these new workplace relationships can be repurposed to strengthen the enterprise in its ability to meet the needs of its customers and the societies they live in.
While the company seeks to incorporate and build on the potential for improved work practices discovered in recent months, it will continue to operate within official public health guidelines, against a backdrop of rigorous emergency and business continuity planning. This will allow for changes of direction should the medical situation change.
“All this requires commitment, responsibility and accountability, but given the positive experience of the past few months, I’m convinced that together we can further transform the Ooredoo culture”, reflected Sheikh Saud.
Enforced changes saw hundreds of staff members working from home since March — an unprecedented scenario which can now be built upon leading to a positive outcome. Ooredoo is now testing these exciting new ways of working going forward, amid the economic and medical uncertainties accompanying the pandemic.

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