75% of professionals say it is extremely important to hire candidates based on their ability to work in teams

A new survey by Bayt.com, the leading career site in the Middle East, revealed a variety of insights about the effect of teamwork and motivation as crucial factors for achieving organisational success.

Nearly two thirds of MENA professionals (62.4%) prefer jobs that require teamwork while only 7% prefer jobs that allow them to work independently.

Ola Haddad, Director of Human Resources at Bayt.com
Ola Haddad

The findings show that both teamwork and motivation are essential to improve performance of not just individual employees but the larger organisation, as it expands the output of individuals through collaboration. A whopping 94% of respondents say that teamwork positively impacts their productivity, 70% of respondents find it more motivating to work in a team and 84% say that they enjoy teamwork to a great extent. On the other hand, only 11% of the respondents find it more motivating to work independently and only 2% said they do not enjoy teamwork at all.

Ola Haddad, Director of Human Resources at Bayt.com said that motivation is an important element of employee engagement and organisational success. She added that teamwork boost motivation by creating a collaborative culture within workplaces where employees are able to contribute their best work.

Bayt.com’s latest poll provides an overview of teamwork, and the positive influence of teamwork on various aspects of the workplace, such as job satisfaction, productivity and the learning environment.’

In addition to increasing organisational productivity, teamwork gives employees an opportunity to strengthen their knowledge and develop their skills. The Bayt.com poll respondents gave a variety of insights about why they find it more motivating to work in a team – including working with different people and being inspired by diverse perspectives (49%), sharing ideas with other people for validation and support (20%), being able to divide workload for higher efficiency (13%) and taking a leadership role when working with others (17%).

Happy and Engaged

Companies across the Middle East are now focusing on creating a workforce that is not just happy, but engaged and motivated through teamwork. According to 60% of respondents, their companies encourage team building to a great extent and 24% of respondents say that their companies encourage team building to some extent. Only 6% say their companies do not encourage teamwork.

Employee stock imageThrough team building, employees feel more responsible towards a common goal. 66% of survey respondents say that they feel more responsible when they are working in a team. Only 3% say they feel less responsible when working in a team while 28% say that working in a team does not affect their level of responsibility.

Taking a close look at their company’s hiring practices can also help employers shape teams that are highly motivated to work together. And employees agree, 75% say it is extremely important to choose candidates based on their ability to work with others, 16% consider it to be somewhat important, while less than 2% consider it to be unimportant.

Respondents also shared their opinions about their ideal team sizes to optimise teamwork: Between two and five people is the ideal size (according to 32% of respondents), followed by teams of six to ten people (29% of respondents).

Companies that develop teams that are highly engaged and motivated can facilitate an increase in production, elevated customer satisfaction, and worker competency to be at an all-time high. According to MENA professionals, there are several factors that positively impact team dynamics: open communication is the most important factor (according to 41% of respondents), followed by diversity of team members (21%), support from management (19%) as well as accountability and rewards (15%).

In terms of challenges that might impact the efficiency of teams, unequal work distribution (29%) and lack of accountability (29%) take the top spots, followed by personal disagreements (20%), and group think – adopting the popular opinion (15%).

Data for the 2019 Team building and Motivation survey was collected online from 13 October to 22 December 2019. Results are based on a sample of 7,301 respondents from countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Sudan.