One In Two Indian Office Worker Moonlighting For Extra Income And New Skills: Report

15/06/2016 9:43 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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Indian office workers are a hardworking lot, with one out of two holding more than one job to supplement her or his main source of income, a study undertaken by the American multinational software company Adobe Systems has revealed.

According to the study, titled “Work in Progress,” people who held additional jobs said that they did so mainly to learn new skills. About two-thirds of the respondents also felt that having multiple jobs will become the norm in the future.

However, nearly half among the "moonlighters" reported feeling overwhelmed by their work hours, and 16 percent reported that they felt disconnected, the study said.

A majority of respondents said that they were heavily invested in their work lives, with 85 percent saying that their work defines who they are. They also spent more than half of their waking hours (65 percent) on off days either working or thinking about work.

Surprisingly, when compared to respondents in the US and the UK, Indian office workers reported much higher levels of job satisfaction with 86 percent of respondents saying they loved their jobs. And 98 percent said they would keep working even if they won the lottery.

In terms of priorities, money mattered the most (86 percent), followed by recognition (80 percent), lifestyle (77 percent) and making an impact on society and community (67 percent).

But an “ideal” job, or a job they love, would trump money considerations, with half the respondents saying they would be willing to take a pay cut for the "ideal" job.

The report surveyed more than 500 Indian office workers as part of a larger study that surveyed over 2,000 workers in the U.S., U.K., and India on their attitudes about work and the future of technology in the workplace. All the respondents used a computer as part of their daily work.

Other findings from the report include:

• Technology mattered more than flashy perks in keeping them happy at work (89 percent).

• Workers predicted that over half (61 percent) of “menial” office tasks will be done by a machine or technology within the next 20 years.

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