In a survey on workplace flexibility carried out by Randstad, 53% of the respondents from India said they prefer telecommuting, while 47% prefer to work from the office every day. Almost equivalent number of male (52%) and female (54%) respondents mentioned that they would prefer telecommuting and this preference was high among those aged 45 years and above.
However, 58% of the respondents are quite happy with their current work schedule, but 36% would like to work more at a higher pay – as expected, just 3% of the respondents are willing to work more at the same pay. The findings also revealed that 50% of the respondents prefer a standard hours workweek, whereas 37% would like to work variable hours every workday. 8% of the respondents also mentioned that they would prefer to work longer days and shorter weeks. The survey captured the views of around 7500 respondents from India.
40% of the respondents from India reported that they work more than 45 hours per week. The survey findings also reflected that 46% of men clock in more than 45 hours at work every week, whereas 32% of women do so. On an average, women work 35 hours and men 39 hours a week, as per the survey findings.
“Today, an increasing number of organizations are viewing work as ‘something you do’, rather than ‘somewhere you go’ and there is a lot of focus to take work to the people as opposed to bringing the people to work. This will erase the border around organizations, thus broadly undefining the workplace and offering the much wanted freedom and empowerment to the workforce,” said Dr Moorthy K. Uppaluri, MD & CEO, Randstad India.
The prospect of a higher income is the primary motivational factor that drives Indian employees to work harder. 76% of the respondents cited this factor as the main reason to work more. This was followed by promotion and personal development at 55% and 42% respectively.
As far as motivation is concerned, while women are motivated to work more for promotions, men for increasing influence at work, younger workforce is motivated to work more for promotion and development opportunities and those aged 45 years and above for higher income.
Overwork is taboo and the reason behind it is a healthier work-life balance and less stress (61%). 54% wanted to have more free time and 51% mentioned they would not overwork to be able to attend to a family member/relative. 42% also said they wanted to spend more time with their children.