Seven in 10 employees say their companies have allowed complete work from home till the current situation normalizes, finds a survey conducted by sleep and home solutions company Wakefit.co.
The survey - in its second edition - was carried out to assimilate data around the state of wellness among the Indian workforce. The data points towards intriguing trends, showcasing both precautionary measures by companies while also bringing pertinent concerns felt by employees.
According to the report, the thought of going back to work made 79 percent of people apprehensive. In view of the uncertain times, 57percent of respondents said their companies are communicating the status of working from home on a month-on-month basis.
The survey, which garnered about 2,000 responses from across India, also revealed that 59 percent of employees were happy working from home. Surprisingly, the percentage of people eager to resume work was significant at 41%. This was especially higher in the 45-60 age group, with 53 preferring to go to work. However, apprehensions persisted, with 60 percent of people not showing complete confidence in the safety and sanitization measures followed by employers. Concerns such as additional workload in the post.
When asked about steps that would help ease their worries, 40 percent said ensuring appropriate social distancing measures was their top wellness priority. The survey also found that employees wanted clear communication of safety measures enforced (68 percent) and transparency in workload, salary, job security etc. (68 percent), as they feel this would help reduce stress levels.
“While the corona-induced lockdown has increased restlessness among people working from home, we have found that a lot of people are still hesitant to return to normal working conditions, for fear of infections and the constant rise of cases in India. We have always believed the best course of action in a situation like this is, to be honest with employees and keep them in the loop of every important announcement,” said Chaitanya Ramalingegowda, co-founder, Wakefit.co.
Companies can take heart from the fact that other than safety and financial security-related aspects, employees seem to appreciate the functional benefits that have emerged from the situation. 45 percent of people felt drowsiest just after lunch and working from home has allowed 47 percent of people to take the perfect power nap in the afternoon. And if they had to stay up for a meeting or so, a majority of people (34 percent) loved the liberty of access to caffeine. Furthermore, respondents were happy with the ergonomics at their workplace, with 54 percent stating that their offices took good care of proper ergonomics.
At home, on the other hand, a majority of respondents (37 percent) shuffled their work station between different places in the house through the day. 24 percent of people working from home worked on their beds, while 27 percent said they had a dedicated workspace at home. Unhealthy sitting habits while working from home like mobile workstations and lying down and working have caused an increase in back pain among respondents, with 76 percent complaining of it.