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Seven in 10 employees now have greater appreciation of benefits, challenges of WFH: Survey

Source | | Brinda Sarkar, ET Bureau

BENGALURU: Working from home may have been an adjustment at the start of the pandemic lockdown, but according to Cisco’s Workforce of the Future survey, employees want to keep hold of many positives that emerged in the new way of working.

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.

‘Workforce of the Future’, a Cisco-commissioned survey of more than 14,000 respondents across 14 markets in the Asia Pacific, including over 1,000 respondents from India, asked office-based employees for their expectations of employers from 2021 onwards. Results show that employees see this as a watershed moment, challenging cultural norms around the workplace.

In India, even though only 21% of those surveyed worked from home most of the time before the lockdown, now an overwhelming majority hope to keep this increased autonomy. One size will not fit all, as 90% 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.

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