Young Indians took on extra responsibilities for fear of losing their jobs during pandemic: study

The optimism of Generation Z workers has declined much more than any other generation, as they have been professionally hardest hit by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study by the ADP Research Institute.

More than 78% of workers aged 18-24 (Gen Z) said their working life had been affected, while 39% lost their jobs, were put on leave or suffered a temporary layoff from their employer during pandemic, according to the study.

The survey was conducted in 17 countries with more than 32,000 respondents between November 17 and December 11, 2020. The study was carried out to explore the impact of the pandemic on employee attitudes towards the current situation of the place and their expectations of the workplace in the future. .

Impact in India

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been most severe among the working population in the Asia-Pacific region and India in particular, according to the study.

Four in ten Indian workers (39%) lost their jobs, were placed on leave or temporarily laid off by their employer, compared to one in five in China (22%). Indian workers were twice as likely as Australians to experience a pay cut, he said.

About 86 percent of the total workforce in India have done different things, beyond their workplace, for fear of financial instability, compared to 57 percent of Australians.

Several workers have also taken on additional responsibilities following job cuts in their organizations. According to the study, in the high-pressure environment, overtime hours without overtime pay increased compared to the previous year. In India, two in five Indian workers (40%) work more than 10 hours overtime each week without additional pay. In Singapore and China, workers put in more than nine hours of overtime per week.

“In India, more than half of young workers say they have taken on additional responsibility for fear of losing their jobs during the pandemic,” PTI said, citing Rahul Goyal, managing director of ADP India and South East Asia.

GenZ in India

The pandemic has emotionally charged the younger generation of workers in India, Goyal said, adding that Generation Z sees themselves “improving and strengthening themselves through self-motivation, adaptability and new personal skills.”

Young workers focus on networking and developing their contacts within their organizations, the study reveals.

With Gen Z sadly entering the workforce during the recession, there is a significant loss of initial income and significant changes in the structures of the local labor market. This impact will take years to recover, according to the study.

“The more proactive young people can be, the better,” Goyal said.

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