According to a recent Slack survey, Indian businesses are raising the bar when it comes to the adoption of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions that boost employee productivity and streamline procedures.

According to the “State of Work” study, which interviewed over 2,000 Indian desk employees, 75% of them utilise AI at work, making India the world leader in AI utilisation. The survey also revealed that those who use AI are 53% more likely to report having notably higher productivity levels than those who do not.

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According to the paper, AI and automation can help Indian desk employees save an average of 3.6 hours per week by automating repetitive processes such as seeking expense report approvals. This translates to at least one month of work per year that could be spent on more important and strategic efforts.

The survey also discovered other tendencies that distinguish modern work and increase employee productivity in the age of hybrid work. According to the majority of employees questioned in India, flexible work hours are one of the finest ways for their employer to increase their productivity. Furthermore, they prefer flexible work environments (36%), as well as unconventional workplace advantages such as lunch breaks or recreational activities (32%).

Creating a productive and healthy work environment, on the other hand, is not always straightforward. For example, just 19% of CEOs worldwide support asynchronous work, such as delivering status updates. 

Furthermore, 35% of global employees see excessive meeting time as their top productivity concern, while 43% believe that eliminating meetings would have no discernible negative consequences.

The importance of job satisfaction, engagement, and mental health for productivity was also emphasised in the study. 94% of Indian workers believe that being happy and motivated at work is important for their productivity. 

However, 53% of workers globally say they feel pressured to respond to communications immediately, even if they arrive after conventional working hours.