Sixty Percent Millennials Seeking Flexible Working Options
19.83 percent of employees felt that their bosses and colleagues have perception issues and do not realize how much they really work from home
The growing convergence between new-age technologies and business processes is rapidly changing the way organizations across India operate. But are their workplaces keeping pace with this evolution of business operations? With companies realizing the need to retain top talent, employee satisfaction has emerged as a key priority for HR professionals across the country.
Understanding the need for flexible working
According to the ‘Future of Flexible Working’ survey by Shine.com, 60 percent of professionals want flexible working options to maintain an optimal work-life balance. Avoiding traffic was highlighted by 13.88 percent of the respondents as a key reason for a flexible working policy, while 6.37 percent wanted to save on the cost of their commute by working from home.
The survey also highlighted the flexible working preferences of Indian professionals. Interestingly, over 39 percent of employees mentioned that they would like their organizations to offer flexible working hours every day. Other options such as work from home are also important to employees, however, only 6.36 percent are looking for this option every day. Evidently, a majority emphasized to rather have flexible working hours. In fact, it was revealed that 30.98 percent would like the option to work from home just once or twice a month.
How the new-age millennial workforce is changing the work culture in India
Another highlight is the burgeoning flexible working culture in India influenced by the evolving needs of its modern workforce. 70 percent of respondents fell into the age bracket of 22-30 years, indicating how more millennials preferred to strike a healthy balance between their professional and personal lives.
While flexible working options were earlier limited to IT-based profiles, other roles such as Accounting, Finance, HR, and Admin are also catching up with modern workforce trends.
According to the survey, 43 percent of employees in India already have access to flexible working options. However, over 52 percent feel that their organization might not have an adequate culture to provide flexible working options. This calls for better communication between HR teams and employees, as well as the need to lay down certain guidelines regarding alternate working options.
Working remotely: Identifying the challenges
19.83 percent of employees felt that their bosses and colleagues have perception issues and do not realize how much they really work from home. Without any visibility and appreciation for the work that they are putting in from home, such perception issues can bring down employee morale significantly.
Another challenge that 22 percent of respondents faced while working remotely was the inability to stop working, even after office hours. While working from home, employees might end up checking emails, attending calls or completing tasks even after the stipulated office hours. Since millennials have expressed their desire to maintain a healthy work/life balance, it becomes even more important for HR teams to create more conducive policies around flexible working and bring down such instances of prolonged work hours.
Zairus Master, CEO – Shine.com, said, “It is extremely heartening to see that flexible working is being embraced in organizations across industries, as well in traditional functional areas such as accounting and finance. The insights delivered by our latest survey will allow more organizations to adopt new-age HR practices and provide unhindered access to the necessary concessions that the millennial workforce needs to work optimally.”