In a country like India, “working from home” is negatively impacting health and well being of people.
According to Microsoft’s Work Trend index, around one-third of Indians have been feeling more burnt out over the last six months. “India had the second-highest percentage of workers facing increased burnout in Asia at 29%,” Microsoft said based on a survey that included 6,000 workers from eight countries.
A majority of companies in India made work from home mandatory from March 25 when the Narendra Modi government announced nationwide Covid-19 lockdowns. Even as the lockdowns have been lifted in most parts of the country, several companies continue to allow staff to operate remotely to curb the spread of coronavirus. Some offices have re-opened partially with strict guidelines in place.
Work Vs Home
Over 40% of workers in India said they are increasingly under stress due to the lack of separation between work and personal life. This could be due to the fact that Indians have the longest working day.
More working hours
Indians are also stressed because they feel isolated. Around 35% of the respondents from India said they feel disconnected from their colleagues due to the work from home situation. Despite all the stress, many Indians are not willing to go to work. Over 40% of the respondents said they are worried that they might contract Covid-19 if they start going back to work.
Microsoft's permanent Work From Home
Seattle-based technology giant Microsoft has decided to expand its work-from-home policy and make it permanent for some workers.
The company has released the new "hybrid workplace" guidance that lays out how employees can have a more flexible remote work schedule and even relocate elsewhere in the country, while it continues to adjust to changing needs during the ongoing pandemic.
Tips for the Work-at-Home Life
Though the idea of being your own boss, setting your own hours, and operating within your own four walls has merit—and definite benefits—it comes with a few drawbacks as well, for both the self-employed and the telecommuting employee.
Stick to your work schedule
Beware of workaholic tendencies
Don't bet on saving money
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