Work-life balance a challenge for employees in India: Randstad

Work life and private life are intertwined for a vast majority of Indian workforce as significant technological development has created a 24x7 intrusion in the private lives of employees,says a study.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: April 10, 2012 6:37 pm

Work life and private life are intertwined for a vast majority of Indian workforce as significant technological development has created a 24×7 intrusion in the private lives of employees,says a study.

According to Ma Foi Randstad Workmonitor Survey 2012 ¿ Wave 1,there is a definite challenge for employees in India in handling work-life balance.

“Technology has increased work efficiency to a large extent,but the downside is that it has also simultaneously created a 24/7 intrusion in the private lives of employees,” Ma Foi Randstad MD and CEO E Balaji said.

Balaji further said Western economies have understood the significance of work-life balance and employers there have consciously created processes to address this challenge.

“This trend is now catching up in our country,where employers have started recognising the significance of providing a good work-life balance and are focusing on the well-being of their employees,” he added.

Nearly half the employees surveyed (49 per cent) said that they attend to private matters during working hours,while 69 per cent said they handle official matters during private time.

Moreover,79 per cent of employees said that they receive work-related phone calls/e-mail while on holiday and similar proportion (80 per cent) said they receive work-related phone calls/e-mails after office hours.

By gender,men seem to receive a slightly higher level of work-related calls/e-mail during holiday/after office hours than women,the survey noted.

A majority of the workforce have Internet connectivity at their workplace besides 70 per cent of respondents had smart-phone with e-mail facility. But,despite easy access to Internet and email,as many as 78 per cent said they prefer face-to-face contact.

Interestingly,a large proportion of public sector employees surveyed in India feel that their employers expect them to be available at all times than those who work in private organisations

The work monitor survey is a quarterly review that tracks jobseeker confidence and provides comprehensive understanding of the job market sentiment and trends relating to the employment market.

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