- 50% of knowledge workers in India report a healthy relationship with work, nearly double the global average of 27%.
- 97% of Gen Z and Millennial knowledge workers in India are ready to sacrifice a portion of their salary for a more fulfilling work relationship.
- Only 2 in 5 feel Indian knowledge workers feel confident that their company will implement the right tools to support hybrid work.
Indian knowledge workers are the happiest at work compared to their global counterparts according to the HP Work Relationship Index, a comprehensive study that explores employees’ relationships with work around the world.
The study surveyed over 15,600 respondents including knowledge workers, IT decision-makers, and business leaders in 12 countries, with a sample size of over 1300 respondents from India.
The findings reveal that 50% of Indian knowledge workers exhibit a sense of workplace contentment against only 27% of the global workforce reporting a healthy relationship with work.
Gurpreet Singh Brar, Vice President, of the HP India market, said,
“We’re seeing a major change in what matters most to India’s workforce. They’re seeking job satisfaction through flexibility, mental well-being, effective leadership, and the right tools. Business leaders can leverage this shift by promoting emotionally intelligent leadership, crafting workplaces that align with these desires, and offering the necessary tools and technology to meet their evolving demands.”
The survey pinpointed six key drivers of a thriving work relationship: Fulfillment, Leadership, People-centricity, Skills, Tools, and Workspace. India particularly excels in Fulfillment and Skills aspects. In India, the landscape of work relationships is changing rapidly.
An overwhelming 78% of knowledge workers report increased expectations regarding their relationship with work in the past 2-3 years. The desire for improvement is strong, with a majority moving to a lower-paying job for a better experience at the workplace.
The study also found that 84% of Indian knowledge workers want technology chosen based on their needs, and 75% consider it important to choose where they work. Moreover, 80% of Indian knowledge workers believe in the importance of encouraging open emotional communication within the workplace.
However, there is a gap between the desire for emotionally intelligent leadership and the ability of leaders to meet employee emotional expectations. Nearly half (47%) of knowledge workers feel their company’s leaders aren’t meeting their emotional expectations. To address this gap, business leaders must recognize the significance of investing in leadership development programs that emphasize emotional intelligence and foster a culture of open communication.
This requires creating a safe and supportive environment where employees feel comfortable sharing their concerns and feedback. By doing so, companies can enhance job satisfaction, increase productivity, and build stronger relationships between leaders and their teams. This, in turn, can lead to improved business outcomes and a competitive edge in today’s fast-paced digital economy.
It’s worth noting that the findings of the HP Work Relationship Index suggest that Indian knowledge workers are generally more satisfied with their jobs than their global counterparts. This presents an opportunity for Indian businesses to capitalize on this relative advantage and further invest in their employee’s well-being and job satisfaction.
Improving work relationships is not just a matter of personal fulfillment; it has broader societal implications too. As workers become more engaged and empowered, they are likelier to drive innovation, economic growth, and social progress.
Therefore, investing in work relationships can have far-reaching consequences beyond mere employee happiness. In conclusion, the HP Work Relationship Index highlights the areas that require attention and investment to improve work relationships in India.
By focusing on fulfillment, leadership, people-centricity, skills, tools, and workspace, businesses can create a positive and engaging work environment that benefits both employees and organizations.
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