In a pilot initiative aiming to adopt and support a more agile digital culture, 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.
In the statement, the company said that it is one of the first in the region to make such a decision, paving the way to an innovative working environment that could reshape the contemporary workplace.
It said that Ooredoo Group employees and contractors will be allowed to agree more flexible working arrangements from home or the office, subject to individual agreement and at management discretion.
Also, for the Group's operating companies around the world, each will have the flexibility to test more localized working arrangements in a way that works best for them and in line with the regulations and directions of the countries they operate in.
Ooredoo Group said that 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 said that it 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 will seek to incorporate and build upon the potential for improved work practices discerned in recent months, Ooredoo group said that 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.
Enforced changes saw hundreds of staff members working from home since March — an unprecedented scenario that 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 novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.