July 29, 2020A new study commissioned by SAP Concur reveals that 88 percent of the workforce in India prefer to have the flexibility of working from home—and what’s more 69 percent of Indian employees believe their productivity has increased while working remotely. This is the highest percentage in the APAC region as compared to countries like Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand.
The results point to large scale acceptance of the upcoming ‘new normal’ in the country at a time when COVID-19 pandemic has forced the companies to implement remote working almost overnight.
Says Mankiran Chowhan, Managing Director – Indian Subcontinent, SAP Concur: “2020 is proving to be a turning point for companies in terms of managing employee experience and productivity. While employees working remotely are being supported digitally in many areas, there still exists a major gap in digital adoption for crucial yet often overlooked finance and administrative processes. Owing to this, employees have to devote significant time for menial tasks that could otherwise be used for productive, business value-added work. Bringing in digital transformation for expense claims or invoice processing can have a huge multiplier effect on business and cost control and at the same time provide the operational agility needed for business continuity.”
Remote work will be the default mode of work for many organisations in the foreseeable future.
- Embracing this change, 88 percent of employees in India have expressed their preference to have the flexibility of remote working.
- 69 percent of Indian employees believe their productivity has increased while working from home, considerably higher than their other APAC counterparts with overall average of 60 percent.
- While 76 percent employees in India said their organisations provide subsidies or completely pay for mobile plan, broadband internet and IT peripherals (greater than the APAC average of around 68 percent),
- 22 percent employees in India want their organisations to pay for all expenses needed for a productive working environment at home (also highest amongst all countries in APAC against a consolidated average of just 15 percent).
- Survey respondents want their employers to enable easy remote claims and travel management, improve collaboration, and provide better IT equipment and services.
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