In India, employees are prioritising ‘remote work policy’ while taking up a job — and will even take a pay cut

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  • Indian employees prefer remote work conditions while taking up a job, says a survey by recruitment platform Indeed.
  • The surveyed employees reportedly said that if given an option, they would consider having two ‘work from home’ days in a week.
  • Bringing remote work policies into the job culture has benefited companies due to better employee morale, reduced health insurance cost less irregularity at work.
Indian employees are seeking the ability to work remotely more and more while seeking new jobs and companies.

With ‘working from home’ emerging at many Indian corporates, nearly half (53%) of those employed consider job change and pay cut as an alternative to remote work conditions, according to a survey by recruitment platform, Indeed.

In fact, the survey revealed that over 48% employees may consider quitting their current job, in case the company removes the flexible remote work conditions altogether.

The surveyed employees reportedly said that if given an option, they would consider having two ‘work from home’ days in a week.

According to the respondents, the availability of remote work options helps them maintain a better work-life balance, thereby reducing stress around their work. While 56% employees believe that remote working increases efficiency and productivity at work.

The employers’ side

Some companies have become open to remote working to hire and retain quality talent.

Additionally, a remote working culture is said to benefit companies due to better employee morale, reduced health insurance costs along with fewer people staying away from work for long.

To maintain a balanced work productivity, almost all of the companies have made provisions for laptops, slack (searchable log of all conversations and knowledge) and remote conferencing tools to enable remote working. However, nearly 2% of employers still believe that remote work ‘hinders collaboration’.

Indeed managing director, Sashi Kumar, reportedly said that remote working conditions can attract a wider pool of talent with a better workforce engagement since working with convenience enhances creativity.

However, the bigger challenge is often managing the workers effectively regardless of their workplace and also standing up to the employee aspirations, he added.

The survey was conducted by a UK-based survey consultancy firm, Censuswide that included over 1000 respondents — including more than 500 employed professionals.

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