Over 41% work­ers in In­dia face in­creased burnout: Re­port

Business Standard - - POLITICS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS - PRESS TRUST OF IN­DIA New Delhi, 7 Oc­to­ber

Em­ploy­ees in In­dia are fac­ing in­creased burnout due to lack of sep­a­ra­tion be­tween work and per­sonal life as well as con­cerns of con­tract­ing Covid-19, a re­port said on Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Mi­crosoft's lat­est Work Trend In­dex, that sur­veyed over 6,000 in­for­ma­tion and first-line work­ers across eight coun­tries, In­dia had the sec­ond high­est per­cent­age of work­ers fac­ing in­creased burnout in Asia at 29 per cent.

In­dia also came out top with over 41 per cent work­ers cit­ing the lack of sep­a­ra­tion be­tween work and per­sonal life as neg­a­tively im­pact­ing their well­be­ing, re­sult­ing in in­creased stress lev­els.

"In the last six months, we have seen how Covid-19 has cre­ated an era of re­mote any­where. It has led to the evo­lu­tion of a new work­place - from a phys­i­cal space to one re­sid­ing in a vir­tual world," said Samik Roy, Coun­try Head, Mod­ern Work, Mi­crosoft In­dia.

The pan­demic in­creased burnout at work, in some coun­tries more than others. In In­dia, 29 per cent of work­ers are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­creased burnout at work, ow­ing to its in­crease in work­day span by one hour.

Data showed that, glob­ally, even six months past the first work-from-home or­ders, peo­ple are in sig­nif­i­cantly more meet­ings, tak­ing more ad hoc calls and man­ag­ing more in­com­ing chats than they did be­fore the pan­demic.

"As peo­ple ad­justed to re­mote work­ing, af­ter hours chats, or chats be­tween 5 pm and mid­night, have also in­creased," the re­port said.

Fur­ther, for re­mote work­ers in Asia, no com­mute is hurt­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity, the re­port said adding that for years, Mi­crosoft's re­search group has been study­ing how com­mute has helped main­tain work-life bound­aries — and worker's pro­duc­tiv­ity and well-be­ing.

Mi­crosoft said a se­ries of up­dates have been launched within Mi­crosoft Teams to sup­port em­ployee well-be­ing. Th­ese in­clude a vir­tual com­mute ex­pe­ri­ence that helps users pre­pare for the day and mind­fully dis­con­nect in the evening.

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