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Talent Trends - Has 'Flexible Working' come to an end?

December 4, 2022
Wellness Tribe Team

Employers who have grown accustomed to flexible employment arrangements may soon face an unpleasant surprise.

On LinkedIn's behalf, a study by YouGov surveyed nearly 3,000 executives from organizations with at least 1,000 employees and at least £250 million in revenue ($288.5 million).

According to these statistics, remote job postings are declining. In India, for example, the number of remote job postings decreased by five percentage points since April, when they peaked at 20% of all job postings.

While this is still a good deal higher than pre-pandemic averages of 2%, it is still a stark contrast to what workers would like to see.

"Flexibility is an essential component of a successful work environment, enabling employees to find a balance between their professional and personal lives." - Stuart W. Crabb

Workplace flexibility is ranked as one of the most important objectives for workers after remuneration, alongside work-life balance, skills development, and compensation.

Even though the number of jobs requiring remote work has decreased in the United States, these advertisements still garner more than half of all applicants as of September.

Data shows that remote employment accounts for 14.6% of employment possibilities globally but receives 20.2% of application submissions. The number of remote jobs in India is 11.3%, while the number of resumes is 20.3%.

Remote Job Posts vs. Applications, September 2022

Talent Trends - Has 'Flexible Working' come to an end?
Source: LinkedIn Global Talent Report

Why are businesses cutting back?

LinkedIn polled its users about remote employment options and found that the trend towards remote employment was correlated with the current economic environment.

As part of a survey of executives, they were asked if the Coronavirus outbreak would force their companies to adopt more flexible working practices. In response to this question, more than 68% of executives said yes.

The current economic uncertainty has resulted in corporations in all parts of the world freezing their recruitment efforts. As a result, business leaders are under tremendous pressure to reduce costs and increase efficiency to pursue these goals.

Trends in workforce confidence

‍Trends in workforce confidence
Source: LinkedIn Global Talent Report

In the absence of an epidemic leading to a move toward flexible working and corporate wellness programs to help workers, the balance of power is now in the hands of employers.

This report also found that the current economic uncertainty adversely affects other employee benefits. In other words, 70% of CEOs agreed that skill development might need to be emphasized less in the future, and 75% said that employee well-being would likely receive less attention.

The survival of businesses depends on their ability to adapt to changing conditions. Some companies might think they can save money by reducing benefits like flexible scheduling, but they could suffer long-term consequences.

In companies that lag behind in adopting flexible and remote working, employees risk becoming demotivated and leaving for rivals who offer more attractive options. In order to survive, businesses will have to be more adaptable.

Businesses are beginning to offer a broader range of perks as a way to keep and attract workers—many still recovering from the Great Resignation. There have even been some employers who have adopted a four-day workweek.

We at TheWellnessTribe believe that businesses must be able to adapt and be flexible in order to succeed in the future.

In the long run, the winners will be those who recognize this as an opportunity, adapt and iterate, and explore new working methods.


Why It's Time to Step Away from the 10,000-Step Goal

September 2, 2023
Nitesh Padghan

India, with its vibrant mix of tradition and modernity, has been a silent observer of global health trends. In bustling cities from Mumbai to Bengaluru, where skyscrapers touch the heavens and streets buzz with life, a wellness revolution is unfolding. At its heart? The time-honored goal of 10,000 steps. But as the corporate world evolves, it's time we pause, reassess, and ask: Is this step count really the answer for employee health?

You see, every organization, from startups in Hyderabad to tech giants in Pune, wants a workforce that's not just present, but thriving. The '10,000 steps a day' mantra, for years, has been the go-to solution. On paper, it's straightforward. In practice? Maybe not so much. Especially when you consider the hustle of Indian urban life, where juggling work, family, and self-care can be a daily tightrope walk.

Unpacking the 10,000-Step Enigma

We've all heard it. The clarion call to march towards the 10,000-step milestone. But where did this number even come from? Not a medical lab or a wellness guru, but a 1964 marketing strategy in Japan. As the Olympics fever soared, a company marketed a pedometer, weaving the 10,000-step narrative. Fast forward, and this number has cemented itself in the global wellness lexicon.

manpo–kei (10,000 steps meter)

But here's the rub. For the average Indian employee, swamped with tasks and battling city traffic, this target often feels like scaling Mount Everest daily. If you're strolling at a leisurely 100 steps a minute, this goal translates to nearly 12 hours of walking every week. It's not just daunting—it can feel downright unattainable, especially for those tucked away in office cubicles or stationed at shopfronts.

The Science Speaks

Here's where things get interesting. Global studies, with sample sizes in the hundreds of thousands, are flipping the script. Turns out, it's not about hitting a lofty target, but consistent, meaningful activity. An increase of just 500 steps daily (that's a mere five-minute jaunt) can slash cardiovascular risks by 7%. Ramp it up to 1,000 steps, and the overall mortality risk dips by 15%. The real sweet spot? A more doable 4,000 steps.

This isn't just about numbers. It's about understanding the diverse fabric of the Indian workforce. The young techie in Gurgaon might be game for a 10k challenge. But the seasoned executive in Chennai? Perhaps not. And that's okay. The focus should be holistic wellness, not a one-size-fits-all metric.

Wellness in the Tech Era

India's tech prowess is no secret. From mobile apps to digital platforms, technology is reshaping how we approach wellness. The old-school pedometer has made way for sleek apps that don't just count steps but offer a holistic view of health. The Indian employee today has a suite of digital tools at their fingertips, tracking everything from sleep patterns to nutrition.

Companies too are catching on. Innovative platforms are offering rewards for wellness milestones, bridging physical health with tangible incentives. It's a win-win, ensuring employees are engaged, motivated, and on a path to holistic health. After all, in today's dynamic corporate landscape, employee well-being is not just a perk—it's a priority.

Redefining Workplace Wellness Goals

The 10,000-step goal, while inspirational for some, might need a rethink. As India strides into a new era of corporate wellness, the emphasis should shift from lofty targets to sustainable, meaningful wellness practices. Whether it's flexible work hours to accommodate physical activity, office spaces designed for movement or digital tools to track and reward wellness, it's clear: the future of employee health is holistic, inclusive, and personalized.

In essence, while the 10,000 steps might still find enthusiasts, the broader goal is clear: crafting a wellness narrative that's rooted in scientific insights, practicality, and the diverse needs of the Indian workforce. After all, in the intricate dance of well-being, it's not just about the steps, but the journey itself.


The Magic of Laughter: Celebrating World Laughter Day with a Smile

May 7, 2023
Nitesh Padghan

World Laughter Day, a global celebration held annually on the first Sunday of May, shines a light on the healing power of laughter and the importance of cultivating happiness. Founded in 1998 by Dr. Madan Kataria, the pioneer of the global Laughter Yoga movement, this day aims to encourage a sense of global unity and friendship through the simple act of laughing. 

Genuine laughter has been proven to reduce stress, ease anxiety, and enhance mental and emotional well-being. On this delightful day, let's explore the magic of laughter and learn how to tickle our funny bones.

A Spoonful of Giggles

Laughter is a powerful tool that can lift our spirits, improve our health, and bring joy into our lives. Some of the benefits of laughter include:

  • Boosting productivity by creating a positive work environment
  • Strengthening the immune system and making us less susceptible to illnesses
  • Releasing feel-good hormones and reducing stress levels
  • Transforming our minds and bodies, promoting overall well-being
  • Cultivating ease in life by helping us release inhibitions and build confidence
  • Improving our mood and balancing our emotions
  • Strengthening relationships and fostering connections with others

Now that we've explored the benefits of laughter, it's time to add a dash of humor to our lives and reap the rewards of a good chuckle.

Laughter in Different Cultures

Laughter transcends borders and languages, connecting people across diverse cultures. Here are some examples of how laughter is celebrated and enjoyed in different parts of the world:

  • Japan: In Japan, laughter therapy, or "warai," is gaining popularity as a way to improve mental and physical health. Laughing clubs and "warai" sessions are becoming more common, helping people relieve stress and promote well-being.
  • Africa: In some African cultures, laughter is believed to have spiritual and healing properties. Traditional healers, known as "ngangas" or "sangomas," often incorporate laughter into their healing rituals.
  • India: The Laughter Yoga movement, founded by Dr. Madan Kataria, originated in India. Laughter Yoga clubs and sessions can now be found in over 100 countries, bringing the joy of laughter to people worldwide.

By exploring laughter's role in different cultures, we can learn to appreciate its universal appeal and better understand its ability to unite people from all walks of life.

Bringing Humor to Workplace Wellness Sessions

Companies can introduce unique and unconventional wellness sessions to promote laughter and cultivate a happy work environment. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Improv Comedy Workshops: Encourage employees to let loose and think on their feet with fun improv comedy sessions. These workshops can help develop communication skills, creativity, and quick thinking, all while providing a hearty dose of laughter.
  2. Laughter Yoga Sessions: Combine the physical benefits of yoga with the healing power of laughter. Guided laughter yoga sessions can help employees release stress, boost their mood, and improve overall well-being.
  3. Humorous Public Speaking Training: Help employees conquer their fear of public speaking by adding a touch of humor. Train them to incorporate jokes and humorous stories into their presentations, making it enjoyable for both the speaker and the audience.
  4. Meme Competitions: Organize a lighthearted meme competition where employees can create and share hilarious memes related to their work or industry. This can be a fun way to encourage creativity and laughter in the office.
  5. Stand-up Comedy Lunch Breaks: Invite local comedians to perform during lunch breaks, giving employees a chance to relax and laugh together. This can help build camaraderie and foster a sense of community within the company.

Quirky Ways to Bring Laughter into Your Life

To help you harness the power of laughter, here are some fun and quirky ideas that will have you grinning in no time:

  • Create a laughter jar: Fill a jar with jokes, puns, or funny memories. Whenever you need a quick pick-me-up, pull out a slip and enjoy a good laugh.
  • Host a comedy movie marathon: Invite friends or family over for a night filled with your favorite comedy films. Laughter is contagious, and sharing it with loved ones can make it even more enjoyable.
  • Start a laughter journal: Each day, jot down something that made you laugh or smile. This will help you focus on the positive aspects of life and make it easier to find humor in everyday situations.
  • Try laughter meditation: Combine the power of laughter with the mindfulness of meditation. Close your eyes, take deep breaths, and allow yourself to laugh freely without any specific reason.

Embracing Laughter with a Balanced Perspective

While laughter offers numerous benefits and can help us lead happier, healthier lives, it's essential to recognize its limitations. Laughter can provide temporary relief, but lasting healing and wellness come from seeking inner peace and truth. By combining laughter with mindfulness, self-awareness, and personal growth, we can pave the way for long-term happiness and well-being.

A World United by Laughter

As we celebrate World Laughter Day, let's remember the powerful impact of laughter on our lives and strive to cultivate happiness within ourselves and those around us. By embracing the joy of laughter and incorporating it into our daily lives, we can create a happier, more united world – one giggle at a time. So go ahead, laugh out loud, and share the gift of laughter with the world!

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