Indian companies are pitching their harassment policies to potential recruits

While globally only 29 per cent hiring professionals discuss harassment policies with potential candidates, in India, 50 per cent do so.

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More Indian professionals (87 per cent) believe that prevention of harassment at the workplace is extremely important for future hiring, than their global counterparts (71 per cent), according to a LinkedIn report titled ‘Global Talent Trends 2019’. In India, 50 per cent of hiring professionals said that companies now discuss their harassment policies with potential hires. This figure is almost double that of the global average of 29 per cent.

The report covered more than 5000 HR professionals across 35 nations, and about 400 professionals in India.

It is reported that there has been a more than 71 per cent (year-on-year) increase in workplace harassment content shared on LinkedIn. Clearly, employees feel powerful enough to raise their voice against harassment now, by not only demanding changes but also by bringing about positive changes in their own behaviour.

Another important factor while considering a new job is work flexibility, says the report. About

67 per cent of hiring professionals in the country feel that the option for employees to work from home or from wherever they wish to, whenever they wish to, will increase in significance in the hiring process of the future.

In the past two years, LinkedIn has witnessed a 78 per cent increment in job posts highlighting the option of flexible working. About 74 per cent of those surveyed in the country were of the opinion that remote working leads to better work-life balance, and enhanced job satisfaction. Almost 66 per cent of those surveyed believe that flexibility plays a significant role in improving employee retention.

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