Are you dissatisfied with your job?


Jobs dominate a major part of every employee’s life. A typical office day spans over nine hours a day, five working days a week. Being satisfied therefore is important for a worker because if this is not the case, he/she can neither give up their full potential to their work nor remain happy.

This is why a recent comprehensive survey done by in the GCC region is shocking all of us.

During the study, participants were asked one simple question: ‘Are you satisfied with your job?’ What came out next was very surprising. The study revealed that almost 43% of the workers across the region are dissatisfied with the jobs they are currently doing. is a social recruitment platform based in Dubai. It offers creative, innovative recruitment solutions in an interactive and professional manner to both the job seekers and companies in the Gulf and Middle East region.

In other words, one in two employees is demotivated in GCC. A total of 20,000 staff and job seekers became part of the online poll.

CEO of, Ahmad Khamis, noted, “Roughly half of the region’s workforce is waking up, unhappily going to work and underperforming in jobs, which in turn negatively impacts aggregate productivity.”

“We found an alarmingly high level of dissatisfaction which reduces total productivity, leads to churn and also increases the cost of finding a replacement talent. It is startling to find that half of the GCC’s workforce is dissatisfied and potentially ready to switch jobs.”

The mightiest reason behind job dissatisfaction, according to the poll, is job mismatch. 43.4% of unhappy employees said there was a poor fit between the employee and the job they were currently doing.

Over a third of such employees, making 33.8% said meagre pay was the factor behind their lack of motivation. Mr Khamis further expressed in this regard, “For most employees, a salary is a direct indicator of their worth in the company”.

Almost 8.5% of the respondents said poor organisational culture plays the most crucial part of job dissatisfaction. Mr Khamis added, “Organisational culture is a key factor in employee motivation and one that companies sometimes don’t stress on enough”.

About 7.7% of the surveyed participants called a lack of career progression as the reason behind job dissatisfaction. Career advancements play a significant role in triggering motivation in employees as they have an aim in their minds to work for. When an employee feels his/her job is stagnant, he/she feels dissatisfied, according to Mr Khamis.

Lastly, 6.6% of the employees and job seekers said not being on good terms with their immediate supervisor was the primary cause of their job dissatisfaction. “Good employers have regular 360-reviews where concerns can be brought to light”, Mr Khamis concluded.

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