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With the pandemic disrupting the work-from-office culture, a new survey on Thursday revealed that 59 percent of employers in India are not in favor of remote working. According to a survey conducted by job site Indeed, 67 percent large and 70 percent mid-size Indian firms, as opposed to their global counterparts (60 percent large and 34 percent mid-size), are not in favor of a post-pandemic, remote working set-up.
Even digitally agile startups indicated they will revert to an in-office model post the pandemic with 90 percent saying they would not like to continue remote working once a solution for the pandemic was in place. “Remote work has served as an equalizer, pushing companies to reimagine and reorganize their work models, encouraging workers to adapt to new concepts of flexibility and productivity,” Sashi Kumar, Managing Director, Indeed India, said in a statement.
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More than 45 percent of employees also said reverse migration is temporary and 50 percent of employees said they were willing to shift back to the metro from their native place if the job demands it. They attributed a future return to aspects like availability of work from home (WFH) options (29 percent) and bringing the pandemic under control (24 percent), with only 9 percent saying they will stay on in their native places permanently.
According to the survey, which included 1200 employees and 600 employers, only 32 percent said they are willing to take any form of pay cut even if it means finding a job in their native place. The willingness to take a pay cut in order to work from their hometowns decreases with hierarchy — 88 percent of senior-level employees say they were unwilling to take a pay cut and 50 percent say they would shift back to metro if their job demands it.
The pandemic has hit boomers harder than millennials in terms of job prospects and nearly twice as many boomers (44 percent) than millennials (25 percent) say it will be difficult to find a job in their native place. Also, 61 percent of boomers are unwilling to take a pay cut to work from their hometowns. (IANS/SP)
A total of 74 percent of citizens say they still get spam SMS despite registering on TRAIs ‘Do Not Call Registry, as per a LocalCircles survey. A 14 percent have got spam SMS in the last 12 months about earning money. Only a minor reduction observed in the volume of unsolicited SMS received by citizens in the last 2 years, the survey said.
After SMS and OTP disruptions were reported for banking, payment, and other transactions, the TRAI for 7 days suspended the implementation of norms for commercial text messages or SMS which came into effect on Monday. TRAI on Tuesday informed that it has observed that some of the Principal Entities (PE) have not fulfilled the requirements as envisaged in Telecom Commercial Communication Customer Preference Regulation (TCCCPR), 2018 and as a result, their SMS were getting dropped after scrubbing by Telecom Service Providers (TSP).
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TRAI added that this was to protect the consumer from inconvenience faced due to not receiving these messages. However, what that means is that the consumers will continue to receive spam SMS messages for the coming week and if TRAI extends the same, for even a longer period.
LocalCircles has now conducted a follow on a survey to check the citizen’s pulse on unwanted and spam SMS, to understand if there’s been an increase in UCC and if Regulator’s “do not disturb, or DND” initiative has been any effect at all. Also, citizens’ opinion on spam SMSs were compared with previously conducted surveys to understand the change over time. The survey received more than 35,000 responses from citizens located in 324 districts of India.
In the first question, citizens were asked how many unwanted SMS they receive every day on average? 37 percent said they receive 4-7 messages every day, 36 percent said 8 or more, 25 percent said 1-3, while only 2 percent said they don’t get unwanted SMS at all.
Per aggregate votes of citizens indicated that 73 percent get 4 or more unwanted SMSs every day. The question to the survey received 7,632 votes. In the last 2 years, there’s been a minor reduction in the volume of unsolicited SMS received by citizens, which could be attributed to lockdowns and office shutdowns.
A total of 74 percent of citizens say they still get unwanted SMS despite being registered on the Do Not Disturb (DND) list; minor reduction observed in the volume of unsolicited SMS received by citizens in the last 2 years while 73 percent still get 4 or more per day. Many people face issues of unwanted telemarketing messages and calls made to them by fraudsters, spammers, telemarketers, despite registering on TRAI’s Do Not Call Registry (NDNS). More shocking is the news of around 93 million phone numbers registered with the TRAI’s “Do Not Call Registry (NDNS)” kept on sale on the Darknet in February 2020.
LocalCircles survey finds that 74 percent of mobile subscribers still receive unwanted SMS despite registering for the Do Not Disturb (DND) list. Only 4 percent said they do not get them. 18% said they’re not registered on the DND list and 4 percent said they don’t even know that a DND list exists. In the last 2 years, more citizens complain of getting unsolicited SMS despite being registered on the DND list.
According to the telecom regulator, as of May 2018, there were 23 crore mobile subscribers registered with the DND registry. LocalCircles survey finds that 74 percent of mobile subscribers still receive unwanted SMS despite registering for the Do Not Disturb (DND) list. Only 4 percent said they do not get them. 18 percent said they’re not registered on the DND list and 4 percent said they don’t even know that a DND list exists. In the last 2 years, more citizens complain of getting unsolicited SMS despite being registered on the DND list.
26 citizens say at least a quarter of the unwanted SMS comes from the mobile service provider itself; Unwanted SMSs sent by mobile service providers reduce in the last 2 years
Per TRAI, the number of registered telemarketers is roughly estimated to be around 7,500 as of August 2019, while there are lakhs of unregistered ones, including fraudsters and spammers. Till May 2019, TRAI disconnected 18,19,470 unregistered telemarketers and blacklisted another 5,89,589.
Per the LocalCircles survey, 26 percent of citizens say at least a quarter of unwanted SMS messages that they receive are sent by their mobile service providers. 43 percent said this number was between 0 and 25 percent. Other 21 percent of citizens said none of these are from the service providers, while 10 percent were unsure about it.
Banking, Insurance, Real Estate, Local Services and Earning Money offers primary drivers for spam SMS; Banking, Insurance, Real Estate, Local Services SMSs reduce while Earning Money offers an increase in the last 2 years. SMS is a low-cost way of sending information across citizens and is hence very popular among businesses. Right from a multi-million-dollar insurance company to a newly opened food stall across the road, many businesses use SMSs to reach out to the customer in search of getting more business.
The following question asked citizens the category under which they receive the most promotional SMSs. Of whom, 26 percent said real estate offers, 26 percent said banking and insurance offers, 15 percent said local (health, medical, beauty, etc.) offers, 14 percent said earning offers, 9 percent said telecom or mobile service offers, while 6 percent said others (eCommerce, telecom, etc.). The survey result indicated that unwanted SMS related to Banking, Insurance, Real Estate, Local Services reduce while Earning money offers increased in the last 2 years. (IANS/SP)
About 84 percent of Indian consumers would pay more to do business with an organization that is committed to protecting their data privacy, surpassing the UK (49 percent), Germany (41 percent), Spain (36 percent), and France (17 percent), said a new report on Tuesday. The new data from Canada-based information management solutions company OpenText based on a survey of 6,000 Indian respondents highlights public uncertainty and distrust around how organizations handle their data.
Almost a quarter of Indians do not trust in the ability of third-party organizations to keep their personal information safe or private, showed the results. The survey results come at a time when there is no comprehensive data privacy law in place in the country and India is rapidly going digital. While a majority (78 percent) of Indian consumers broadly know how many organizations use, store or have access to their personal data (e.g. email address, contact number, bank details, etc.), 22 percent still “don’t have a clue” about it.
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“The Covid-19 crisis has accelerated the pace of digital transformation, as companies have moved to remote work and digital customer experiences,” said Lou Blatt, Senior Vice President, and Chief Marketing Officer at OpenText.
“Digital is now central to almost every business interaction — generating more data for companies to manage and secure. This shift coupled with increased consumer data privacy expectations means organizations are now under pressure to ensure that their data privacy solutions can scale appropriately for this digital-first era.” Furthermore, three in ten Indians said they only have a vague idea of the laws that protect their personal data — compared to the UK (36 percent), Germany (32 percent), Spain (40 percent), and France (30 percent).
The majority of Indians (61 percent) confirmed that they are very aware of these regulations. In fact, 31 percent of the respondents said that they would proactively get in touch with an organization to see how it is using their personal data or to check if it is being stored in a compliant manner. Almost half of the respondents have already done so at least once, said the report. (IANS/SP)
While alcohol intake and thyroid issues among Indians seem to have reduced over the past year, a new health report has detailed a concerning increase in levels of blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes, despite fitness and health becoming a nationwide area of interest during the Covid-19 lockdown.
As per the Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Score, 1 in 2 Indians is either in the ‘High Risk’ or ‘Borderline’ category. This is a massive 12 percent improvement from last year’s figures where 62 percent of Indians fell into the ‘Unhealthy’ category.
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According to GOQii’s latest India Fit Report 2021, the majority of people can become healthy by making few adjustments to their lifestyle. Reduction in commute time and lockdown probably allowed Indians to focus more on their health and making their immune system stronger. From a gender-wise perspective, men are healthier in comparison to women. From an age-wise perspective, the younger generation is unhealthier in comparison to the older generation.
About 15 percent of users have reported high BP in 2020 in comparison to 13.4 percent in 2019. This figure, according to the report, has steadily increased over the last 4 years. About 35 percent of users also reported this disease runs in the family which is a significant figure. Blood pressure cases among older adults are just triple those in adults. Safe to say, then, that people above 45 are at more risk of having hypertension.
An analysis conducted by a full-stack digital ecosystem for diabetes care and management revealed that the average pre-pandemic fasting sugar levels in January till mid-February was 138 mg/dl whereas in March till mid-April it rose to 165 mg/dl. One-third claim this disease runs in the family. The percentage of those suffering from diabetes went triple, from adults to older adults.
About 13 percent of users reported high cholesterol, a figure that has remained stable for the past two years. On the other hand, only 4 percent mentioned they had heart issues which is a major decrease from 8.6 percent in 2019.
Figures for drinking have reduced for almost all of the age groups and across a majority of cities. Many reasons can be accounted for the same. To start with, the biggest reason can be the onset of the nationwide lockdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Travelling was restricted and all the major places where usually people used to drink earlier like cafes, restaurants, bars, etc. were shut down. All of these cumulatively decreased the drinking of the people as the only option they were left with was to drink at home, which was not a feasible option for a lot of people. Some comfortably did that, while a majority were not that comfortable in drinking amid their family members, and hence the number reduced this year.
As compared to last year’s data, there is a significant reduction in the number of people falling sick in every age category this year. This could be due to the increased awareness in people regarding immunity levels through healthy lifestyle and nutrition food choices. The dip in pollution levels across the nation could also be a reason for this.
The report also revealed that stress levels remained high throughout the year. The survey outcome highlighted a rise in stress index from 4.98 in Mid-year to 5.11 at end of the year. Forty-five percent are currently plagued with depression. City-wise, Surat, Jaipur, and Patna are the top 3 healthiest cities in India, respectively, as revealed by the survey whereas Lucknow, Kolkata and Chennai are the unhealthiest. (IANS/SP)