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9 in 10 professionals believe hybrid work essential for work-life balance, shows study

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The Economic Times
14th September, 2021 15:40 IST

One in three professionals in India is burnt out due to increased workload (35%) and stress (34%) while working remotely in, reveals the LinkedIn ‘Future of Work’ Study 2021. With professionals prioritising their well-being and finding ways to strike the right balance, half of India’s workforce believes that work-life balance (52%) is just as important as their salary (52%) today.

Going forward, Professionals are convinced that a hybrid work model can alleviate their distress and help them disconnect. The study shows that nearly 9 in 10 (86%) respondents think that hybrid work will positively impact their work-life balance. When asked why, 48% stated that a hybrid model would allow them to spend equal time on their personal goals and professional lives.

These are the findings of the study by research firm Censuswide that focuses on the insights of 1,108 respondents in the age group of 16 to 68, who have worked from home during the pandemic due to COVID-19 restrictions

“Long-term remote work has left professionals fatigued in India. This has caused a shift in the idea of what is important in our lives and has led to what we call ‘The Great Talent Reshuffle’. Organizations are rethinking their entire work models, culture, and values, while employees are rethinking not just how they work, but why they work,” says Ashutosh Gupta, India country manager, LinkedIn, in a release.

Professionals believe going back to office can boost career growth and financial stability

The study shows that more than 7 in 10 (72%) respondents think working from home would negatively impact their career growth while more than half (55%) said their professional learnings had already taken a severe hit. When asked why, more than half (54%) of the workforce stated “less face-time with bosses and leaders”, while one-thirds (34%) said “it gets harder to learn from peers remotely”.

The study further reveals that nearly half (46%) of India’s workforce wants to go back to the office, full time, because it makes them feel more productive and successful in a workplace setting. In fact, 7 in 10 (71%) respondents agree that those who choose to work more from the office are more likely to be favoured by bosses or leaders. 9 in 10 (89%) professionals also think going back to the workplace will help their finances because it’ll allow them to work more hours and make more money.

Feel healthier when working remotely

The study shows that more than 9 in 10 (93%) professionals agree that working from home during the pandemic has positively impacted their physical health. Almost 3 in 5 (58%) professionals feel healthier, not eating as much takeaway food, while 1 in 2 (51%) found extra time to exercise more frequently when working remotely. In fact, 2 in 5 professionals say they want to work remotely going forward because it allows them to ‘choose work hours and location’ (42%), and ‘spend more time with their loved ones’ (39%).

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