According to 91% of Indian employees participating in a global study conducted by Cisco, hybrid work has improved overall well-being – financially, physically, socially, emotionally and mentally.
About 90% of respondents in the country said hybrid working makes them happier, while 89% of employees felt time away from the office improved their work-life balance. About 71% of them saved at least 4 hours a week by working from home, and more than 35% saved 8 or more hours a week.
A majority of them believed that flexible working hours and a significantly shorter commute time contributed to an overall improvement in work-life balance, according to the study.
Around 92% of workers surveyed were able to save money by working remotely. Of these, 27% saved less than $50; 37% saved up to $150; 26% saved up to $300; 8% saved up to $500; and 2% have saved over $500 in the last 12 months, according to the study.
In terms of physical well-being, around 72% of Indian employees reported that hybrid work improves their physical well-being; 82% felt hybrid working improved their eating habits; 86% agreed hybrid working helped them move more and 81% of them believed hybrid working made them more physically fit.
The study found that remote work helped around 90% of respondents improve family relationships, 72% even said hybrid work strengthened relationships with friends, and 77% reported better self-esteem and confidence.
Most importantly, 80% of Indian respondents said hybrid working improved their mental well-being and 70% said being flexible at work improved their emotional well-being.
“It’s clear that hybrid working is here to stay, and for good reason, as employees and businesses alike are seeing tangible benefits across key indicators – from improved overall employee well-being to better productivity and job performance,” said Anupam Trehan, People & Communities Leader, Cisco APJC.
Up to 1,000 employees from India participated in this study conducted by Cisco to understand how hybrid working has helped improve wellbeing, work-life balance and performance for employees worldwide.
However, only one in four of the 28,000 employees from 27 countries believed that their employers were “very well prepared” for a hybrid working future.