Muslim migrants face tough decisions to accept infertility treatments

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When affected by infertility, Muslim couples face tough choices if to take infertility care or not. For them, religious beliefs play a key role in the acceptance of infertility care, the latter that should comply with religious guidelines. Many care options that are available for non Muslim couples are ruled out for Muslim ones. This issue is much harder for Muslim communities that live in western countries where they deal with doctors who don’t understand clearly the religious background of their Muslim patients.

A new research conducted by a group of researchers at The Netherlands Institute for Applied Scientific Research and published in an International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology has stressed out that “Religion plays a key role in infertility care for Muslim couples”. The research was in fact “two exploratory studies that aimed to identify the main problems with infertility care for Turkish and Moroccan couples living in the Netherlands.”

The study interviewed a group of “105 Turkish, Moroccan, and Dutch men and women” in addition to “twenty general practitioners, gynaecologists and andrologist” and found that it’s a tough matter for Muslim couples to make a decision when it comes to fertility treatment. “Their position as migrants living in a Western country results in extra problems. The available methods in Western countries do not comply with religious dictates and go beyond what is acceptable for Muslims.”

To face infertility, there are a number of scientific options such as the donation of semen and gametes, but these methods are not an option when it comes to the Islamic guidelines. The study found that “several Turkish people expressed dissatisfaction about their doctors proposing the semen or egg donation” and even “others complained that the doctor did not allow them to make their own decision about whether or not to use donor eggs or donor semen”.

However, the study finds that some Muslim couples are likely to accept the options available though they contradict their religious beliefs. According to the study “27% of women and 20% of men” are in favor of egg donation while “23% were for accepting oocytes and 3.4% were for accepting sperm.” The research also showed that “15% of the respondents were completely opposed to oocyte donation and more men were in favor than women.” 

According to study, more women are likely to accept the infertility care than men. “Women’s strong wish to have a child, amplified by the social norms about procreation, means they adopt a more flexible approach to the prohibitions of their religion and therefore explore their agency to fulfill their serious desire for offspring child” the study stated.

The study also mentioned that religion plays a role in the choice of gender of Doctor in some Muslim patients. It stated that there is a preference of “woman doctor in the Moroccan group, which even extended to the refusal of a male doctor by some husbands” and that implies that “religion is very important for Moroccan men in their preference for a female doctor for their wives.”

The study comes out with a conclusion that religion plays a key role in Muslim patients’ relation with treatments and Doctors, and the latter need to take religion into account when treating Muslim community. In this case of fertility issue “Many migrants have problems with infertility treatments because a large group feels insecure about what is allowed by their religion.” The study also noticed that “Doctors (…) are not always aware of the importance of religious prohibitions for fertility treatment.”

Read your Social Media Analytics to Improve Your Business

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Social media has become an important element for businesses and for their plans to build successful online presence. But what organizations still ignore and don’t pay much attention is to make necessary social analytics to reach success in their social media plans that will in turn help businesses boost their performance. This is what has been stressed in a recently published research.

The study which is published in a Journal of Internet Social Networking & Virtual Communities is carried by researcher Umar Ruhi at the school of management, University of Ottawa, Canada. The research finds that social analytics is an essential factor businesses can use in “evaluating the success of their own social media initiatives” that has a direct impact on their business.

According to the research “a successful social media analytics program can enable businesses to improve their performance management initiatives across various business functions.” It is mentioned that data was collected with the participation of 11 experts and “the participants who were invited to assist with this research were selected as experts in the field of social media analytics by virtue of their industry experience.”

Organizations are not yet into social media analytics and they haven’t yet fully benefited from the lessons they can learn from data collected. The study highlighted that all the experts that took part in the research “agreed that as a business practice, social media analytics is still in its infancy” and if done effectively it “can allow organizations to predict the behavior of various stakeholders and industry players within their business environment”.

The organizations should put more efforts in the aim of “understanding the potential for using social media metrics and analytics in the context of their business, in defining their business objectives and requirements”.

What businesses still inquire is an accurate and a “satisfying answer” on the weight of their social media presence and its return on investment (ROI). The study stated that “some marketing professionals are experimenting and redefining ROI in terms of social media specific outcomes”. The “consultants have recommended the use of Return on Influence or Return on Engagement as being more appropriate in the context of social media.” The study clarified. However, “participants concurred that even these new metrics remained “hazy” and ‘vague’”.

Improved workspace affects employees’ performance

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As a manager or a company owner, you want to increase the performance of your employees, right? So, one of the management tools you probably ignore is workspace. Yes, workspace plays a key role in the employee’s productivity, and that space if improved will have great effects on the employee’s performance and efficiency at work. So, if you want to increase your stuff’s performance, improving workspace is no longer a choice but a necessity. That’s what has been stressed by a new research published recently.

The study is carried by researcher Jennifer Abou Hamad at University Paris 1 Pantheon, Sorbone. It’s never the same if the workspace is highly improved or poorly set. According to the study published in a Journal of Organizational Management Studies, workspace is a manager tool and “it is important to reflect on office layout to improve the welfare and performance of employees and enable them to give their best effort.”

If the employee is given the flexibility to design his own workspace with his own stuff and not only occupy the place, it would make much difference. A poorly set workspace is just fostering negative energy into the employee’s psychology. Thus, if the employee doesn’t like what’s around him, his productivity will unintentionally decrease. When the employee develops his personal space, the latter “becomes a strategic tool as the employee feels more involved in company decision-making and experiences improvements in both motivation and the quality of life at work.

According to the researcher “employees must not only occupy the space but also adapt the space to their needs” the study stated. Hence, in order to get benefits and best of its employees “a company needs to rethink its workspace to make it more attractive” the study stressed. The researcher affirmed that “workspace functions to optimize working conditions, to protect and motivate employees, to enhance well-being and, in turn, individual performance.”

When you improve the welfare of employees at work including a perfect workspace and rich work environment, you’ll get benefits from the productivity rates that will significantly rise. As the study mentioned, the “work environment is designed as a managerial tool to achieve certain organizational goals.”

When the organizations make a perfect environment for work, they will reduce job stress that has “become a major risk that organizations must face” as it is “not only harmful to the employee but also posing serious consequences for the company.” The employee is an active vein in the company’s body, so if harmed it will affect the whole body in a way or another. According to the study “Poor workplace conditions become a source of pain that can cause psychosocial disorders”.