Government offices are open from 8am to 1pm on weekdays during the current month of Ramadan but most employees don’t work and rather spend time sleeping, a local Arabic daily reported yesterday.
Hardly any work is being done in these offices with most visitors going there to get things done returning disappointed.
For many, the fasting month when food is to be avoided by the devout from dawn to dusk, it’s instead a month for leisure and ignoring work, the daily said.
It interviewed a number of government employees with several of them saying that since most people are awake the whole night, when they report to work at 8 in the morning they go to sleep straight away.
At least one employee, Mohamed Al Nuaimi, admitted that since routine gets changed during the fasting month, people feel lethargic. For another state employee, Jassem Ahmed, people ignoring work during the holy month wasn’t a ‘big issue’ at all.
“Since most government and private sector companies are aware that productivity is reduced during Ramadan, they postpone important work to be done after the fasting month,” he was quoted as saying.
Yet another person, Abdulaziz Al Falahi, said that he found it strange that people avoid work during the holy month. “They shouldn’t…Employees report to work at 8am but go to sleep and then leave at 1pm.”
“For many the month of Ramadan is an excuse not to work. The employees should, in fact, be closely monitored to make sure that they work,” he said.
Yasser Ali, from a government office, said that employees ignoring work is quite rampant during Ramadan. “People should, in fact, do their work more diligently during the fasting month,” he said.
People visiting these offices for work during the current month face hardships as their work is not done, the daily said.
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