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Professionals In India Say Hybrid Culture Boosts Productivity

March 23, 2023
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While they used to feel obliged to physically be in the office, 78% of Indian professionals say they now do it by choice. Workers are generally more receptive to working in the office, with 86% of Indians saying they feel positive about it compared to a year ago.

A new research conducted by LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, reveals a shift in workers’ attitudes towards going to the office and points out that another trend being embraced in the office is that of desk-bombing.

The LinkedIn research reveals that most workers like it when a co-worker shows up unannounced at their desk to have a chat. 62% of respondents in India see desk-bombing as a great way to have impromptu conversations. Majority of GenZ workers in India (60%) have experienced desk-bombing and find it useful.

Hybrid work has raised some questions on whether lack of time in office and reduced visibility will have an impact on one’s career. LinkedIn research revealed that 63% of Indians feel working remotely has no harmful impact on their careers, however a similar proportion also believes their chances of career growth could be reduced if they didn’t go to office as much. This could be a potential reason why 71% of Indians agree that they feel they have to overcompensate when working from home to show that they are serious about work.

Workers are more conscious about how they balance their time between work and life priorities, and managers are pioneering new ways to do this. A majority of workers in India (60%) say that they have experienced Loud Leaving – when managers visibly leave the workplace, making it known that it’s okay to shut down and stop working at a reasonable time.

Workers are also structuring their work week differently and it has altered their last day in the office. An overwhelming 79% of Indians say Thursday is the new Friday which may stem from the fact that Friday is the least popular day for workers to go into the office . Of those Indians who say that Thursday feels like the new Friday, 50% would spend more time with family and friends on Fridays, while 46% would try to focus on finishing the week’s work quickly on Fridays and hop into an early weekend.

Workers are choosing to head into the office to socialize, bond and be part of a team. When asked why they would show up at the office, the number one reason for Indian respondents was social interactions (43%), followed by having more efficient face-to-face meetings with co-workers (42%) and building work relationships (41%) at a close second and third.

In India, 72% of workers surveyed said they miss chai break bonding in the workplace – where they could exchange banter with their colleagues about both their work and personal lives and have a laugh.

Nirajita Banerjee, Managing Editor India, LinkedIn, says, “We’re starting to see a shift in attitude when it comes to working in the office. While professionals in India favor the flexible-work option, they are also finding immense value in heading back to office as it contributes towards boosting employee morale, improving collaboration and teamwork and identifying new opportunities. Informal conversations or chai breaks can also help boost long term career growth, when done with intention.”