Current Trends and the Future of Work in India.

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The Effectiveness of 8 Hours Per Day.

The Effectiveness of 8 Hours Per Day.

Near the end of our previous post, we analyzed the average work hour input of a typical Indian government employee. Let’s break that down again.

  • Checking social media — 44 minutes
  • Discussing non-work-related things with co-workers — 40 minutes
  • Searching for new jobs — 26 minutes
  • Taking smoke breaks — 23 minutes
  • Making calls to partners or friends — 18 minutes
  • Making hot drinks — 17 minutes
  • Texting or instant messaging — 14 minutes
  • Eating snacks — 8 minutes
  • Making food in office — 7 minutes

Automation + AI and Its Effect on Work Hour Input.

Automation through AI is increasingly speeding up all the processes which are repetitive in nature or which follow a similar pattern over multiple cycles of operation. Scheduling, billing, payroll management, email responders, proposal generators, and many more such tasks are gradually getting automated. This is helping create a workforce that is more productive, as they can now focus more on core business functions like strategic planning or creative thinking. The result is that the average work time per week in various developed countries is reducing.

Average workweek hours around the world.
Avg. Annual Working Hours in the US.
Eligible Workers Employed (%) / Year
Unemployed 27 weeks or more and the Market over the years.
No, the future will not be this dystopic :)

Does the Future Need Full-Time Employment?

The math of full employment is interesting. Consider the following — with higher-tech integration, fewer workers with current skill-sets, are to get employment in the industry. That means, to obtain “full employment” — where everyone who wants a job has one — the economy requires that everyone work shorter work-weeks, or else an ever-growing number of businesses is needed in order to employ the same number of people. As an example, let’s assume that an average business employs 10 people in its rolls for optimal output. For full employment, with the same level of output, 10 businesses are required to employ 100 people. If technology enhances productivity to an extent that 1 person can do the work of 10, the average number of people a business employs drops to 1. Under the current scenario, the number of businesses needed to employ everyone has to grow to 100. (note: compensating for population growth would require even more than 100 businesses).

2020–2030: The Office.

2020–2030: The Worker.

2020–2030: The Organization.

We believe organizations this decade will undergo radical structural changes. As traditional ways of working make way for remote and Flexi-working, we believe organizational structures will start getting flatter. Not only this, but we will start questioning the idea of centralized organizations.

2030 & Beyond.

Getting fired remotely? Back to the Future saw this coming in the 1980s
WALL E — 2008




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