According to Microsoft India’s first annual Work Trend Index, 57% of Indian employees are overloaded with the new way of working. 62% believe their organizations are expecting too much of them at this moment, and 32% are exhausted by the digital intensity of WFH.
According to Microsoft’s research, time spent in Microsoft Teams meetings has more than doubled (2.5x) internationally. Unscheduled calls and meetings account for 62% of Team calls and meetings, and the average Team meeting lasts 10 minutes longer, up from 35 to 45 minutes year on year. Aside from phone calls, office communication has also expanded significantly. After work hours, the average Teams user sends 45% more talks per week and 42% more chats per person. Despite the meeting and chat overload, the survey found that 50% of participants respond to Team chats in five minutes or less.
Surprisingly, Gen Z employees, India’s first digital natives, reported the greatest levels of burnout. Almost 71% of those between the ages of 18 and 25 say they are barely surviving or suffering. When compared to prior generations, this group reported being more likely to struggle with work-life balance and feeling wearier after a regular day of work, according to the Work Trend Index. When compared to earlier generations, they also reported more trouble feeling engaged or passionate about work, getting a word in during meetings, and bringing new ideas to the table.
Workers reported more authentic connections with their coworkers, which was a surprising benefit of working out of living rooms and being constantly available on calls. According to the survey, one in every four (24%) Indian employees have sobbed with a coworker, and 35% of workers are less likely to feel embarrassed when their personal lives show up at work. People who interacted more closely with their coworkers reported stronger work connections, improved productivity, and overall well-being. 63% believe they are more likely to be their true, honest selves at work (when in-person gatherings resume).
The 2021 Work Trend Index summarizes findings from a study of over 30,000 people across 31 countries, as well as trillions of aggregate productivity and labor signals from Microsoft 365 and LinkedIn.
(News source: The Economic Times)