23rd September, 2015: Work-life balance continues to be an evolving topic for India Inc. Changes in demographics with increased diversity at the workplace, including two earner families suggests that work-life is becoming an increasingly important issue.

The recent Randstad Workmonitor survey reflects blurred lines between working hours and private time among India Inc. A whopping 74% of the respondents of the survey indicated that their employers expect them to be available outside regular office hours. 78% of the employees mentioned that they are also expected to be available by phone and email during holidays as well. 64% of both male and female respondents indicated that they do feel extremely pressured to do so, which clearly reveals the increasing work-life balance issues among India Inc. China and India rank well above the global average on both statements.

69% of the survey respondents mentioned that they sometimes deal with private matters during working hours. Male respondents reflected this trend a little higher (70%) than female respondents (67%). 
Interestingly enough, 76% of the employees mentioned that they do not mind handling work-related matters in their private time and a staggering 75% from India indicated that they do this because they would like to stay involved. Almost equivalent number of male and female respondents opined the same.

84% of the respondents mentioned that they prefer having an option to choose if they get their holidays in time off or paid in money. 82% said they respond to work-related calls and emails immediately after the regular office hours.

Presenting the survey insights, Dr. Moorthy K. Uppaluri, MD & CEO, Randstad India said, “Today, the way India Inc. works have undergone a paradigm shift. ‘Going to work’ is all about getting work done regardless of where one is and thus an ideal workplace is one that eliminates geographical and technological barriers to create a dynamic ecosystem where work travels to people; not the other way round. Employers should be cognizant of this scenario where the boundaries of work and life are getting blurred and hence offer their workforce with the much needed flexibility and freedom at work to keep them motivated”.

Dr. Uppaluri further added that, “The SMAC phenomenon is enabling ‘work anytime anywhere’ a reality. India Inc. is now moving towards being more accommodative about the changing expectations and demands of today’s generation of smart professionals and realizes that this in turn offers immense business benefits as well, including significant cost savings, augmented employee satisfaction levels, an overall increase in efficiency and productivity. I am confident to say that in the long run, it’s going to be a win-win scenario for both the employers and the employees”.

Other key findings from India:

Job Satisfaction Level:

83% of the respondents surveyed expressed a satisfaction with their respective employers in India.

Likelihood of Job Shifts:

The appetite to change jobs (applying and actively looking) dropped to 21% in India (compared to 24% last quarter). 19% of the respondents are passive job seekers.

Actual Job Change:

This quarter, the survey reflected the highest actual job change in India and Malaysia. 50% of the survey respondents from India mentioned that they have changed their jobs in the last six months and this trend is really high within the age group of 25-34 years.  Almost 64% of the survey respondents who fell within this age group mentioned the same, followed by 49% from the 18-24 years age group.

Job Loss Fear:

Among Indian employees, the job loss fear has increased to 23% over the last quarter, indicating diminishing confidence among them.

Focus on Promotion:

The survey indicated a balance in men and women having an equally strong focus on getting a promotion. 46% men and 47% women employees who participated in the survey indicated the same.

*Mobility Index:

India’s mobility index dropped to 148 from 150 reported in the previous quarter.