‘Each employee free to choose working hours during Ramadan’.

According to informed sources, the Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) Muhammad Al-Enezi issued a circular to all MOCI employees to declare that each of them have the right to choose the working hours during the month of Ramadan, in accordance with the decision of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), reports Al-Rai daily.

According to the circular sent by CSC to government agencies, the official working hours during Ramadan will be for 4 and a half hours per day, and will be flexible in the form of three shifts – 9:45 am to 2:15 pm, 10:15 am to 2:45 pm, and 10:45 to 3:15 pm. With regard to the right of each government agency to choose from these three shifts based on what suits it, Al- Enezi came to an agreement with the ministry’s officials to work on a government initiative by granting each employee the right of choosing his/her working hours in a manner that suits the individual necessity.

The sources stated that employees’ choices for their working hours during Ramadan will be received through a website designated by MOCI for this purpose, in preparation for approving applications and reconciling them with the attendance and departure proof systems. They highlighted that this decision is dependent on giving the employees more comfort, and ensuring it contributes to raising the productivity of the MOCI employees during the month of Ramadan, given that each employee has determined their working hours according to what suits them and their special circumstances.

The sources ruled out that the employee’s choice in determining their working hours would expose the ministry’s work to any deficiency, indicating that this decision was studied comprehensively. They added that due to the divergence of interests, none of the three working hours would be exposed to a defect in favor of another.

Source- Arab Times.

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