Jun 8, 2022

Inside Noyo: Balancing the spiritual with the professional during Ramadan

Fulfilling spiritual obligations during Ramadan can be challenging for Muslims with rigid 9-5 work schedules. Our Operations Manager, Doha Hindi, shares how Noyo's flexible schedule and inclusive culture empowers employees to participate fully in Ramadan.

Doha Hindi

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