• 41% of employees cite lack of separation between work and private life as negatively impacting their wellbeing
• 92% of employees say meditation can lower work-related stress

New Delhi, October 7, 2020: Staff in India are dealing with elevated burnout resulting from lack of separation between work and private life in addition to considerations of contracting COVID-19, in response to Microsoft’s newest Work Trend Index report. Shut to at least one third of employees in India cited elevated charges of burnout over the previous six months, with the shortage of separation between work duties and private obligations as negatively impacting their wellbeing.

Surveying over 6,000 data and first-line employees throughout eight nations globally together with Australia, Japan, India and Singapore, the examine discovered that India had the second highest share of employees dealing with elevated burnout in Asia at 29 p.c. India got here out prime with over 41 p.c of employees citing the shortage of separation between work and private life as negatively impacting their wellbeing, leading to elevated stress ranges.

“In the last six months, we have seen how COVID-19 has created an era of remote anywhere. It has led to the evolution of a new workplace – from a physical space to one residing in a virtual world. As businesses adapt to a new way of working, it is important to examine the multifaceted impact that the new working conditions are having on employees. This is helping us provide relevant and timely solutions to all our customers and users,” stated Samik Roy, Nation Head, Trendy Work, Microsoft India.

Impressed by this analysis and conversations with clients, Microsoft introduced the beginning of an extended journey to evolve its productiveness instruments to promote individual wellbeing and organizational resilience. A sequence of updates have been launched inside Microsoft Groups to help worker wellbeing. These embody a digital commute expertise that helps customers put together for the day and mindfully disconnect within the night and new insights that helps managers and leaders in understanding how work occurs, and its affect on worker wellbeing. Microsoft has additionally partnered with Headspace to convey a curated set of mindfulness and meditation experiences into the Groups platform and launched new Groups experiences for firstline workers to help them with the instruments they should work extra safely.

Key findings from the analysis embody:

  1. The pandemic elevated burnout at work – in some nations greater than others.
  2. Causes of office stress differ for firstline and distant employees.
  3. Six months in there are extra communications and fewer boundaries.
  4. No commute could also be hurting, not serving to, distant employee productiveness.
  5. Research present meditation can battle burnout and stress through the workday.

1. The pandemic elevated burnout at work – in some nations greater than others

Microsoft’s analysis confirmed that everybody is experiencing burnout in a different way. Burnout will be attributed to many elements, and the chart under explores how longer workdays affect emotions of burnout. As an example, the examine discovered that 29 p.c of employees in India are experiencing elevated burnout at work, owing to its enhance in workday span by 1 hour. Whereas employees in Australia1 noticed the very best enhance in workday span in Microsoft Groups at 45 p.c, with a medium enhance in burnout, the graph under reveals that India had the longest workday span of surveyed markets. This was additionally considerably totally different from employees in Germany that noticed little or no change to workday span or emotions of burnout.

2. Causes of office stress differ for firstline and distant employees

The report revealed that the highest stressors shared by employees in India was the fear about contracting COVID-19 at work and feeling remoted or disconnected from co-workers, at 42 and 35 p.c respectively. The examine additionally discovered that 19 p.c of employees haven’t been supplied the tech or protecting tools they should successfully socially distance by their firm, contributing to elevated stress ranges.

Staff additionally cited differing elements contributing to work stress. The shortage of separation between work and life was a first-rate stressor amongst 34 p.c of employees, with unmanageable workload and/or work hours coming intently behind at 28 p.c. Practically 23 p.c of employees cited too many conferences and never sufficient focus time as elements contributing to emphasize at work.

3. Six months in there are extra communications and fewer boundaries

Having recognized lack of separation between work and life, together with unmanageable work hours, as prime office stressors in India, Microsoft turned to utilization patterns in Groups for extra perception. Information confirmed that globally, even six months previous the primary work-from-home orders, individuals are in considerably extra conferences, taking extra advert hoc calls and managing extra incoming chats than they did earlier than the pandemic. As folks adjusted to distant working, after hours chats, or chats between 5pm and midnight, have additionally elevated.

A graph from Microsoft Work Trend Index showing the changing trends in work from home.4. No commute could also be hurting, not serving to, productiveness for distant employees in Asia

For years, Microsoft’s analysis group has been finding out how commute has helped keep work-life boundaries—and employee’s productiveness and wellbeing. A 2017 examine helps us perceive the productiveness advantages of commute time. As a part of the examine, a digital assistant used chat conversations that includes task- and emotion-based questions to assist members put together and detach from work by way of the day. The examine discovered that 6 in 10 folks (61 p.c) globally felt they had been extra productive when the digital assistant helped them ramp as much as and down from work. On common, productiveness elevated between 12 and 15 p.c.

The brand new digital commute expertise in Groups will assist employees have a productive begin within the morning and mindfully disconnect within the night. Customers can count on to customise their experiences from a set of instructed duties reminiscent of meditation with the Headspace app, reflecting on the day or serving to employees shut out on excellent duties.

5. Research present meditation can battle burnout and stress through the workday

Of these surveyed in India, 92 p.c additionally stated meditation may assist lower their work-related stress. Exterior analysis backs this up–constant meditation with Headspace can lower stress and burnout and improve your capacity to react to detrimental suggestions.

Microsoft’s partnership with Headspace will supply employees the flexibility to schedule advert hoc or recurring time for mindfulness breaks anytime–earlier than a giant assembly or to seek out focus wanted to begin on an necessary challenge.

As Microsoft continues to study extra about wellbeing at work, customers can count on to see associated innovation proceed to be developed throughout Microsoft 365 and Groups. For extra data on the product updates talked about on this report, go to the Microsoft 365 blog. It’s also possible to learn the total analysis here2.

About Microsoft India:
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) allows digital transformation for the period of an clever cloud and an clever edge. Its mission is to empower each particular person and each group on the planet to attain extra. Microsoft arrange its India operations in 1990. Right now, Microsoft entities in India have over 11,000 workers, engaged in gross sales and advertising and marketing, analysis, improvement and buyer providers and help, throughout 11 Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune. Microsoft presents its international cloud providers from native knowledge facilities to speed up digital transformation throughout Indian startups, companies, and authorities organizations.


[1] Workday span is the time between an individual’s first and final energetic use of Microsoft Groups, reminiscent of sending a chat, enhancing a doc or attending a gathering.

[2] Privateness method: Microsoft takes privateness significantly. We take away all private knowledge and organization- figuring out knowledge, reminiscent of firm title, from the information earlier than utilizing it to provide experiences. We by no means use buyer content material reminiscent of data inside an e mail, chat, doc, or assembly to provide experiences. Our aim is to find and share broad office tendencies from aggregated knowledge from the Microsoft Graph.

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