Kuwait Implements Reduced Work Hours for some employees during Ramadan

During the holy month of Ramadan, certain Kuwaiti employees will have less working hours, according to a recent announcement.

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This change, made to accommodate the religious holidays of the month, shows that the government is serious about taking care of its employees at this important time.

During Ramadan, women employees will be entitled to four-hour workdays, with the added flexibility of two grace periods of 15 minutes each. These grace periods allow them to arrive 15 minutes late and depart 15 minutes early, facilitating their participation in religious activities and ensuring a manageable work-life balance.

Similarly, male employees will have a reduced work duration of four hours and 15 minutes during Ramadan. They will also be granted a single grace period of 15 minutes in the morning, providing them with some flexibility in their work schedules while adhering to their professional responsibilities.

This decision comes following a review of employees' performance evaluations for the preceding year by the State’s Financial and Administrative Affairs Sector in the Civil Service Commission (CSC). The CSC's oversight ensures that the implementation of reduced working hours aligns with the government's commitment to maintaining productivity and efficiency within its workforce.

Furthermore, individual government agencies have been granted the authority to determine suitable work hours and shifts within the guidelines established by the Civil Service Commission. This approach allows for tailored solutions that accommodate the unique needs and circumstances of different departments and employees.

In addition to the adjusted working hours, all employees, regardless of gender, are provided with a 15-minute grace period in the morning. This provision enables punctual employees to leave 15 minutes earlier, contributing to a smoother transition between work and personal obligations during Ramadan.

Moreover, during the month of Ramadan, employees have the option to take partial absences, with allowances ranging from one to two hours. This flexibility acknowledges the importance of religious observance and personal well-being, ensuring that employees can fully participate in Ramadan activities without undue hardship.

Lastly, deserving employees are set to receive a job performance bonus during Ramadan as part of the budget allocation for the fiscal year 2023-2024. This incentive recognizes and rewards employees' dedication and commitment during this significant period of religious observance. It underscores the government's appreciation for its workforce and its efforts to promote employee satisfaction and welfare.

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