The Government entities in Dubai will be adopting a new work-from-home policy for female employees with children who are undergoing distance learning.
This policy, which will be implemented from next week, coincides with the new academic school year, and follows the directive of Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
According to the directives, all Dubai government entities will permit female employees with children to work from home, following certain critieria:
Female employees (mothers of children in Grade 9 and below, including kindergarten) can work from home, provided, their jobs are such that they can be done remotely, and that it does not affect the operations of the government establishment that they work for, in any way.
The employees can work from home, on the basis of an approved school schedule, and only on the days the children attend classes remotely.
Fathers, working with the Government of Dubai, who do not have caretakers to monitor the distance learning of their children, will also be considered for work-from-home option. This will enable them to also monitor their children during their school day.
The Dubai Government of Human Resources Department (DGHR), Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, said that the directives of Sheikh Hamdan reflect the approach by the Dubai Government to consider the social circumstances of its employees. It also indicates the keenness of His Highness to ensure the family stability, and to help their employees maintain a happy and balanced life.