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Microsoft’s First Annual Work Trend Index Shows 74 Percent Indian Workers Keen on Flexible Remote Work Options

Microsoft’s data is clear: extreme flexibility and hybrid work will define the post-pandemic workplace. The findings witness that remote work has created new opportunities. Organisations need to rethink the entire employee experience. At the same time, digital overload is real and rising

Nearly three-fourths (74 percent) of Indian employees say they want more flexible remote work options while at the same time 73 percent of them are also craving more in-person time with their teams, according to findings of Microsoft’s first annual work trend index released on Thursday.

To prepare, 73 percent of business decision makers are considering redesigning physical spaces to better accommodate hybrid work environments. The data is clear: extreme flexibility and hybrid work will define the post-pandemic workplace.

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Why it is in high percentage?

The 2021 work trend index outlines findings from a study of more than 30,000 people in 31 countries. It analyses trillions of aggregate productivity and labour signals across Microsoft 365 and LinkedIn. It also includes perspectives from experts who have studied collaboration, social capital, and space design at work for decades.

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“We believe hybrid work is the future and a successful hybrid strategy will require extreme flexibility. It is time to embrace work as a frame of mind, not a place you go.”

Creating a hybrid work plan for any organisation requires a flexible operating model spanning people, places and processes.

The findings say work has become more human and authentic. Co-workers leaned on each other in new ways to get through the last year.

As living rooms made way for work meetings, 37 percent people got to meet their co-workers” families.

At the same time, digital overload is real and rising. Self-assessed productivity has remained the same or higher for many employees over the past year, but at a human cost.

More than half (57 percent) of Indian employees feel overworked and 32 percent feel exhausted.

The findings say India’s first generation of digital natives (Gen Z) appears to be suffering and need to be re-energised. Nearly 71 percent of this generation – those between the ages of 18 and 25 years – say they are only surviving or flat-out struggling.

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