‘IT professionals not in a hurry to return to office’

Many professionals are eager to return to work, as soon as they are allowed

‘IT professionals not in a hurry to return to office’ - CIO&Leader

LinkedIn’s fortnightly Workforce Confidence Index depicts varied level of anxiety about returning to work in employees in different verticals. Almost one in two Software & IT employees said they would continue to work remotely for now, while significant percentage of professionals from Recreation & Travel and Consumer Goods businesses said they were eager to return to work as soon as they are allowed.

The eagerness to continue with remote working among IT professionals could be, says the release,“due to the fact they have transitioned to working remotely in a smooth manner, among other reasons”. Joining them in their cautious approach, professionals from Transportation & Logistics, and Media & Communications were seen wary about returning to the physical workplace.

About 2 in 3 employees from Software & IT (65%), and 3 in 5 employees from Media & Communications (61%) and Transportation & Logistics (61%) feel exposure to those not taking safety guidelines seriously is a serious concern with returning to the workplace. In fact, 1 in 3 logistics (33%) and 1 in 4 software & IT (25%) employees also say lack of workplace sanitization or cleanliness is dissuading them from going back to their offices.

The LinkedIn Workforce Confidence Index is a fortnightly pulse on the confidence of the Indian workforce. Based on the survey responses of 5,553 professionals in India, findings from the weeks of June 1- July 26 reveal how professionals from different industries express varied concerns and preferences towards ‘returning to the physical workplace’.

This fortnight’s LinkedIn Workforce Confidence Index shows that India’s overall confidence is on a steady rise, with a composite score of +53 (up from +50 in the fortnight of June 15-28). The survey also reveals India’s growing confidence towards personal finances, with nearly 1 in 3 professionals anticipating their personal savings to increase, while 2 in 5 expect their personal spending to stay the same in the next 6 months. As restrictions in lockdown slowly lift, small business employees are witnessing a lift in their overall individual confidence levels (up from +49 to +58 since June 15-28), as well as confidence towards finances (up from +35 to +51 since June 15-28).However, this optimism fades when it comes to job security, as the Workforce Confidence Index shows SMB employees (1-200 workers) are less confident about holding on to their jobs than large enterprise workers (10,000 or more employees).

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