- The UAE has implemented a new Human Resources law that offers various work models for government employees. These models aim to enhance efficiency and flexibility in the workplace, leading Arabic daily Al Khaleej reported. Among the options available, one noteworthy provision is the introduction of a compressed working week, allowing employees to enjoy a three-day weekend while completing their required hours in four days.
Three-day weekend in UAE
Let’s explore the different work patterns defined by the law:
Office-based Work: Employees will carry out their duties from the employer’s main office, defined branches, or specific locations.
Remote Work in UAE: Employees have the opportunity to work from a location outside the employer’s office, within the UAE.
This work arrangement must adhere to the regulations set by the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources and the UAE Cabinet’s approved Remote Work Law.
Remote Work Outside the UAE: Under this model, employees may be allowed to fulfill their responsibilities from a location outside the country.
Hybrid Work: This work pattern combines office-based work with remote work, offering employees a flexible balance between the two.
Compressed Working Week:
- In certain circumstances, employees may opt for intensive working hours to complete their required hours in fewer working days.
- This model allows UAE employees to work a maximum of 10 hours per day for four days, granting them a three-day weekend.
Classification and Additional Work Patterns:
According to Article 2 of the law, employees working a ten-hour day and four-day week will be classified as working a compressed working week. In addition to the aforementioned work models, the law identifies four distinct work patterns, namely:
Full- Time: Employees who work the standard hours defined by their contract, typically comprising five working days.
Part Time: This work arrangement involves reduced working hours compared to full-time employees.
Temporary: Temporary work patterns cater to employees who are employed for a specific project or a predetermined period.
Flexible: The flexible work pattern accommodates employees who have the freedom to adjust their working hours to suit their personal circumstances.
The UAE’s new Human Resources law introduces innovative work models to government employees, offering flexibility and efficiency in the workplace. With options like remote work, hybrid models, and the compressed working week, employees have the opportunity to achieve a better work-life balance while maintaining productivity. These provisions aim to enhance the overall well-being of employees and contribute to the development of a dynamic and adaptable workforce in the UAE.