Hybrid Work, Flexibility, GenZ and Remote Talents - Key focus in the Microsoft's first annual work trend index

Learnings from the index, What is the current trend and what is next?

Soundhariya Viswanathan / Reading Time: 3 mins

2021 is an opportune year, where companies across the globe are evolving their human resource policies and redefining the way we work.

A proof of that is the recently announced Microsoft's India- specific findings from its First Annual Work Trend Index.

The index uncovered 👉🏽

About 74% of Indian employees want more flexible remote work options

73% of the workforce crave for more in-person time with their teams.

The report asserts extreme flexibility and hybrid work will define the post-pandemic workplace.

At GoFloaters, we have been pioneering and propagating the hybrid work model. We have witnessed individuals, teams, and start -ups grow productively working remotely. Our exchanges with our customers and workforce from across industries established that Hybrid Work Model is the natural future of working.

While productivity and agility have been on a growth. Additional interesting points have been highlighted in the Microsoft Work Trend Index on effects of work-from-home of the GenZ and the rising remote talent.

Effects of work-from-home of the GenZ

India's first generation of digital natives, or Gen Z, appears to be suffering and need to be re-energized. Nearly 71% of this generation — those between the ages of 18 and 25 - say they are merely surviving or flat-out struggling, states the report

Other findings also describe that since the pandemic, GenZ has been struggling with the work-from-home and are often challenged with work satisfaction levels and efficiency. Lifestyle imbalance, burnout on work front, excessive tech consumptions have been major factors of stress.

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For the GenZ, socializing is an important aspect of their lifestyle, and the lockdowns & quarantines has challenged their well-being. Being emotionally balanced is imperative to the generation.

And so, employee engagement has become a hot topic the season and CHROs are playing a crucial role in deciding the future of the businesses.

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As a coworking player, at GoFloaters, we get a large amount of the younger generation occupying the coworking spaces and gaining the benefits of collaborative workspaces. From using coworking spaces and hot desks to have demarcated work-personal life to exploring face to face meeting in neighbourhood spaces. They are leading the teams and encouraging hybrid in-person meetings. When the week begins or ends with a happening team meeting, the week ahead gets extra constructive & satisfactory.

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Rising Remote Talent

As workforces go remote, talent markets are expanding.

Almost 62% of India's workforce (including 51% of Gen Z) expressed their intention to switch jobs this year. Globally though, 41% of employees are considering leaving their employers this year. Being able to work remotely now, nearly 68% of Indian workers are likely to move to a new location reveals the Microsoft Work Trend Index

With the remote work possibilities, the remote talent pool has gone beyond borders. Talents no longer need to share the same geographical locations. Workforces are now spread across suburban and rural areas with remote and hybrid work operations. Digital collaborations, virtual networks have empowered the expanded talent pool, hires and workforces to report from anywhere. In order to boost the talents across locations and enable sustainable remote work companies like ZOHO are investing in satellite offices in Tier 2 and Tier 3. And coworking segment will play a crucial role in developing the inspiring rural talents & locations.

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