94% of Indian workers feel well-prepared to work remotely

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Bangalore: Since the on-set of COVID-19 in early 2020, Indian workers appears to have gradually championed the new work remotely scenario. 94% of Indian workers feel well-prepared to work remotely revealed Atlassian’s second annual ‘Reworking Work’ study.

With 94% of Indian workers admitted as being ready to work remotely, the survey pointed out that its highest percentage globally among the countries surveyed.

Australian research agency PaperGiant conducted this commissioned study. About 93% of Indian workers have updated their remote workspace over the last year and 45% have changed it often compared to the global average of 15%, as per the study.

During the past 12 months, the study observed that Indian workers continue to enjoy the shift from the office environment, with the highest preference for full-time remote work, and the lowest preference for hybrid work of all countries surveyed.

However, this same period also showed the early stages of the hybrid work transition. Workers are spending less of their week working remotely and the idea of hybrid work looks to be slowly gaining traction with a slight increase from 25% to 28% year on year.

Indian workers were seen as leaders in adaptability and they are younger than the global average. Keeping up with change is front of mind for workers, with 82% recognizing the increasing importance of remaining adaptable compared with the global average of 59%.

A significant percentage of Indian workers upgraded their remote workspaces over the last year, with 71% of workers noting improvements to their internet connection, 67% improving workspace functionality and 63% improving workspace comfort and ergonomics.

“This research report presents some important findings and startling revelations on the state of play within Indian organisations,” said Dinesh Ajmera, Site Lead and Head of Engineering – Bengaluru, Atlassian.

“These insights can help organisations and employees navigate through this paradigm shift in work that we are witnessing,” added Ajmera.

Over the past 12 months, workers in India have had more success in adapting to long-term remote work compared to other countries surveyed namely Australia, the USA, Japan, India, Germany and France.

An area of major concern highlighted in the research was that 83% of new recruits are feeling insecure about their job, which is the highest globally. Workers recruited within the last two years feel less secure in their roles yet feel a stronger sense of commitment than their colleagues with longer tenure.

The study covered six countries and surveyed 6192 knowledge workers using observational, qualitative, and ethnographic research methodologies. In total 1,009 Indian workers from tier 1, 2 and 3 cities participated in the survey. The research study was conducted between July 28 to September 5, 2021.

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