In a groundbreaking trend, the UAE is witnessing up to four generations working together in the same office environment. This unique dynamic, which includes Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Baby Boomers, and some members of the Silent Generation, is expected to soon evolve into a five-generation setup, mirroring patterns seen in countries like the UK, the US, and Australia.
This insight comes from a recent survey conducted by healthcare providers Sukoon and Bupa Global, which explored age diversity and inclusion in the UAE’s professional landscape.
The phenomenon of multiple generations working concurrently is especially noticeable in family-owned businesses in the UAE and neighboring regions. Here, while second and third-generation leaders are stepping up, some of the long-established conglomerates are still led by their founding members, even as the fourth generation begins to join the workforce.
One contributing factor to this trend is the UAE’s advanced healthcare facilities, which have extended the lifespan of its residents. This has enabled members of the Silent Generation (born between 1928 and 1945) and Baby Boomers (born from 1946 to 1964) to stay actively engaged in their businesses.
While the official retirement age for expatriates in the UAE is 60, many continue to work past this age, albeit with yearly visa renewals. UAE citizens, however, have the flexibility to work for as long as they choose.
Dean Pollard, general manager of Bupa Global Middle East and Asia, emphasized the need for organizations to evolve to accommodate this multi-generational workforce. He stated, “As we witness a shift in the concept of ageing, it’s crucial to adapt our mindset for this new era of work. Prioritizing healthcare inclusivity is not just about supporting the current workforce but also about preparing for future generations.”