77% Indians stopped enjoying WFH with extension of lockdown: Study

When the WFH arrangement was extended, 49% of those surveyed admitted to missing the social life at the workplace

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Although most people have been working from home for over seven months now, not all professionals in India have embraced remote working wholeheartedly. A Barco ClickShare global survey reveals that with the extension of lockdown, 77 per cent Indian white-collar professionals stopped enjoying the work-from-home (WFH) arrangement. A significant 49 per cent miss the social life of the physical workplace.

Interestingly, the study reveals that Indians are amongst the least desirous of continuing with the WFH culture. On an average, Indian professionals seek only 1.8 days a week at home!

Of the 1,750 employees surveyed — across the US, UK, France, Germany, Australia, India and the UA — merely 15 per cent wish to continue with WFH as a full-time arrangement post the pandemic.

About 28 per cent Indian professionals found that their preferred video-conferencing platform is not compatible with the technology used in their office meetings. Eight in 10 professionals in India feel that the use of Google, Siri, Alexa and other voice-recognition tools will increase in the coming times during video conferencing. A significant 87 per cent of Indian professionals feel that use of VR to visualise ‘in person’ remote participants will become the accepted norm within the next two years.

While it is true that 65 per cent Indians are pleased with the family time that they have gained due to the WFH arrangement, they are also keen to revert to the work-from-office system.

Clearly, most respondents are convinced that the hybrid model of work will be the norm in the future. One third of the workforce is eager to see their employers spending more on the latest videoconferencing tools. With 67 per cent of Indian professionals using their laptops for video calls, organisations will have to invest in next-gen visualisation and collaboration technologies to ensure a successful hybrid work model and higher productivity.