Employees want greater ownership and choice in work: study

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Mumbai: Employees want greater ownership and choice in the new world of work, according to a Cisco-commissioned Workforce of the Future survey.

More than over 14,000 respondents across 14 markets in the Asia Pacific including over 1000 respondents from India participated in this survey.

Participants shared their expectations of employers from 2021 onward, in this survey. Results show that employees see this as a watershed moment, challenging cultural norms around the workplace.

In India, increased autonomy (72%) and working well as a dispersed team (70%) are two main benefits. Additionally, 73% want to keep hold of faster decision-making.

Even though only 21% of those surveyed in India, worked from home most of the time before the lockdown, now an overwhelming majority hope to keep this increased autonomy.

90% of Indian office employees want greater ownership in defining how and when they use office space – blending between being office-based and working remotely.

Reflecting on the last six months, almost three quarters (74%) now have a greater appreciation of the benefits and challenges of working from home. Positive changes were afoot, as leaders showed increased trust in their teams to do their jobs well (58%).

Employees were able to better balance life around work, with 72% incorporating more exercise into their daily routine. In a similar spirit, over 68% want to continue traveling less and use that time more productively.

“It is clear that working from home has its benefits, as does going to office. Employers that want their staff to be productive and enable them to collaborate effectively, however, must adopt the right tools – especially if they want to successfully transition to the hybrid work ecosystem demanded by today’s workforce,” said Hariharan S, MD – Software, Cloud, and Collaboration Sales, Cisco.

Collaboration and cybersecurity technologies – a solid foundation for business resilience and growth
If given a chance to be CEO for a day, 83% of employees would prioritize ensuring effective communication and collaboration above everything else.

For this to happen, 82% of employees believe businesses need to provide the workforce with similar technology at home as in the office. In fact, 73% agree that one of the big positives to come from lockdown is proof that employees don’t need to be in the same room to collaborate effectively.

Employees believe 2021 budget priorities for their business should be investing in the technologies needed for remote work, bringing in technology to make the office a safer space from a health perspective, and improving cybersecurity.

Employees of all ages are also calling for upskilling – 84% think more training on technology and digital skills will be fundamental to business success in 2021.

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