Remote working was started in recent times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some employees prefer to work in an office environment. A recent study shows that 78 percent (nearly 8) of Indian professionals now say they go to the office by choice as more companies adopt hybrid work culture.
Workers are generally more receptive to working in the office, with 86 percent of Indians saying they feel positive about it compared to a year ago, according to research conducted by Microsoft-owned LinkedIn.
Another trend being embraced in the office is that of desk-bombing.
The research revealed that most workers like it when a co-worker shows up unannounced at their desk to have a chat.
About 62 percent of respondents in India see desk bombing as a great way to have impromptu conversations.
The majority of GenZ workers in India (60 percent) have experienced desk bombing and find it useful.
“While professionals in India favour the flexible-work option, they are also finding immense value in heading back to office as it contributes towards boosting employee morale, improving collaboration and teamwork and identifying new opportunities,” said Nirajita Banerjee, Managing Editor-India at LinkedIn.
Hybrid work has raised some questions on whether lack of time in the office and reduced visibility will have an impact on one’s career.
The research showed that 63 percent of Indians feel working remotely has no harmful impact on their careers.
However, a similar proportion also believes their chances of career growth could be reduced if they didn’t go to the office as much.
“This could be a potential reason why 71 per cent of Indians agree that they feel they have to overcompensate when working from home to show that they are serious about work,” said the report.
Workers are also structuring their work week differently and it has altered their last day in the office.
An overwhelming 79 percent of Indians say Thursday is the new Friday which may stem from the fact that Friday is the least popular day for workers to go into the office.
In India, 72 percent of workers surveyed said they miss chai break bonding in the workplace, where they could exchange banter with their colleagues about both their work and personal lives and have a laugh.
It’s important for employers to recognize that not all employees will prefer remote work and to be open to accommodating employees who prefer to work in an office. Employers can consider offering hybrid work arrangements or flexible schedules that allow employees to work in the office on certain days or for certain tasks, while still offering the option to work remotely when needed.
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