Flexible work arrangements aren’t just a luxury for employees in rich countries. According to Anumeha Chaturvedi at the Economic Times, a new survey shows that flexibility is increasingly in demand among working people in India and elsewhere in Asia:
69% of talent in India sees flexible work arrangements as positively impacting work-life balance, according to a survey undertaken by Kelly Services. The results exceed the global average of 63%. Flexible arrangements include non-traditional schedules or the ability to telecommute. The survey found that work-life balance is highly valued in the Asia-Pacific region, with 77% of workers citing it as an important consideration in deciding where to work. …
Additionally, workplace flexibility is also no longer a gender issue. What was once driven by women juggling their family and careers is now a priority for both women (77%) and men (69%) in India who want a job that fits in with their own personal needs.
Nonetheless, India’s working women likely have the most to gain if flexible work becomes the norm. Marriage and motherhood still drive an inordinate number of women out of the Indian workforce, hindering their career progress. At the turn of the new year, the government revealed a plan to expand the amount of maternity leave employers are required to give new mothers, in an effort to address this issue. Flexibility helps employees balance home and work responsibilities, making it easier for mothers to return to work and for fathers to take on more housekeeping and childcare responsibilities.