Survey: Employees Worried Of Going Back To Office, 7 Out Of 10 Are On Complete WFH

BENGALURU: Seven in 10 employees say their companies have allowed complete wor from home till the current situation normalises, finds a survey conducted by  wakefit.co. a company engaged in providing variety of mattresses, pillows and cushions.

According to the report, the thought of going back to work made 79% of people apprehensive. In view of the uncertain times, 57% of respondents said their companies are communicating the status of working from home on a month-on-month basis.

The survey on about 2,000 responses from across India, also revealed that 59% of employees were happy working from home.  The percentage of people eager to resume work was significant at 41%. This was especially higher in the 45-60 age group, with 53% preferring to go to work. However, apprehensions persisted, with 60% of people not showing complete confidence in the safety and sanitisation measures followed by employers. Concerns such as additional workload in the post-Covid era (72%) and fear of commuting to work (68%) also troubled who responded to survey.

When asked about steps that would help ease their worries, 40% said ensuring appropriate social distancing measures was their top wellness priority. The survey also found that employees wanted clear communication of safety measures enforced (68%) and transparency in workload, salary, job security etc. (68%), as they feel this would help reduce stress levels.

“While the corona-induced lockdown has increased restlessness among people working from home, we have found that a lot of people are still hesitant to return to normal working conditions, for fear of infections and the constant rise of cases in India. We have always believed the best course of action in a situation like this is to be honest with employees and keep them in the loop of every important announcement,” said Chaitanya Ramalingegowda, co-founder, Wakefit.co.

45% of people felt drowsiest just after lunch and working from home has allowed 47% of people to take the perfect power nap in the afternoon. And if they had to stay up for a meeting or so, a majority of people (34%) loved the liberty of access to coffee. Furthermore, respondents were happy with the ergonomics at their workplace, with 54% stating that their offices took good care of proper ergonomics.

At home, on the other hand, a majority of respondents (37%) shuffled their work station between different places in the house through the day. 24% of people working from home worked on their beds, while 27% said they had a dedicated workspace at home.

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