WFH: 74% of Indian Workforce Feels Difficult To Coach New Employees

Though remote working has become the new normal and many professionals would want to continue working from home in the future as well, however, some professionals feel it’s hard for them to train teammates.

As per a recent study, 74 percent of the Indian workforce feels it is difficult to coach a new employee in the work from home setup. But still, 48 percent prefer to continue working from home in the future.

Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), India, conducted a study that looks at the perspectives from mid-level and entry-level of the Indian workforce. The report, titled ‘Voices from the Ground’ analyses the views of 789 respondents from across the country. These include the views of the mid-level professionals who have so far been invisible.

Speaking on the findings, Shekhar Sanyal, Director and Country Head, IET India, said the survey suggests that technology is one of the major reasons why people felt they were able to manage teams remotely, with video-based meeting platforms and remote working and work collaboration platforms witnessing an explosive growth during 2020.

The study further shows that 60 percent of the respondents feel that job security is a thing of the past, and 67 percent of the respondents say the job growth is going to be stunted.

“While there is no direct data but anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that this worry has made team members be extremely proactive and be seen as working and contributing by their managers. This also seems to have helped managers manage teams better,” Sanyal added.

Integration still a challenge

While tech adoption has ensured better team productivity and virtual team management has also shown effective outcomes, however, effective use of technology is still a far cry. Organizational support is being expected with infrastructure and training, to make a virtual work environment both effective and efficient, the report added.

The report added that one of the biggest anticipated challenges that organizations will be faced with is the difficulty of building models to integrate humans with those technologies — to create new habits and management practices for how people adapt, behave and work in partnership with the technology available to them; to fulfill distinctly human needs such as the desire for meaning, connection, and wellbeing at work; to maximize worker potential through the cultivation of capabilities and to safeguard ethical values.

By – Shweta Modgil

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