According to a recent research report by LinkedIn, 63 per cent of Indians believe that remote work has not impacted their careers, but an equal number feel that their professional growth could be hindered if they didn’t go to the office enough. The study also found that 71 per cent of Indian workers feel that they have to overcompensate when working from home to demonstrate their seriousness about work.
The research highlights a shift in Indian workers’ attitudes towards physically going to the office. While they previously felt obligated to be present in the office, 78 per cent of Indian professionals now choose to go there. The majority of Indian workers (86 per cent) feel positive about going to the office, a significant increase from a year ago.
Desk-bombing, or the practice of impromptu conversations with co-workers, is a popular workplace practice in India, with 62 per cent of respondents considering it a great way to have informal chats. A majority of GenZ workers (60 per cent) have experienced desk-bombing and find it useful.
The research report suggests that heading back to the office can contribute towards boosting employee morale, improving collaboration and teamwork, identifying new opportunities, and boosting long-term career growth through intentional conversations and chai breaks. “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 the office,” said Nirajita Banerjee, managing editor – India at LinkedIn.
Indian workers are more tuned towards leaving the office on time for home and are vocal about it. The study found that 60 per cent of Indian workers have experienced “loud leaving,” where managers visibly leave the workplace, signaling that it’s okay to shut down and stop working at a reasonable time. Additionally, 79 per cent of Indians say Thursday is the new Friday, as it’s the least popular day