Mumbai: Work from home concept is gaining popularity among working professionals. On the other side, senior managers are more concerned about its benefits, reflects a new survey by JobBuzz, an employer-rating platform powered by TimesJobs.com.
In a JobBuzz study, while 44% employees believe working from home improves productivity, 60% employees feel their bosses do not promote this culture.
In a positive sign it can be noted that managers are slowly becoming flexible in encouraging employees to work from home as 30% of employees say they are allowed to work from home for at least twice a week. In a similar survey conducted in 2014, only 10% employees had claimed they had been allowed to work from home.
This JobBuzz.in survey was conducted across 1,123 working professionals across India.
While a number of studies show the obvious benefits of promoting a remote workforce, higher productivity has been rated as the top advantage by 44% employees.
There are some woes while working from home such as household chores and interference from family members. More than 60% employees say attending to household chores is the biggest interruption they face. Following these distractions, 20% of the surveyed employees say they are more productivity at office than at home. Interestingly, 42% of the employees say they are productive no matter where they are working from –home or office.
On other side, 32% of senior managers feel such a policy leaves less time for face-to-face interaction and synergy, which is crucial in critical roles, especially in product and technology.
Also, 28% managers feel employees are less productive when they work from home while 24% cite difficulty in staying connected as the major drawback of a work-from-home culture. For 16% managers, attitudinal issues pose a big hurdle in allowing employees to work remotely.
“While there are valid points both for and against flexi-working, there are many possible solutions available to cross these hurdles. A proper employee tracking mechanism is one strategy that can help employers get over their hesitation in allowing remote work policies. However, only 30% employees in our JobBuzz survey stated their organizations have any such strategy in place,” says Vivek Madhukar, COO, TimesJobs.com.
TimesJobs.com, India’s leading career and recruitment portal, is one of the best-selling online ventures of the Times of India Group. Conceived and launched in 2004, TimesJobs.com currently has a candidate database of more than 25 million registered job-seekers across levels and functions who clock-in over 60 million page views a month.