LinkedIn, an online professional network, has released new research exposing the shift in the way professionals express themselves at work. The survey, which included 2,188 professionals, found that more than 3 in 4 (76 percent) professionals in India feel comfortable expressing their emotions at work after the pandemic.
“Showing more emotions at work could be the secret to better staff morale in this hybrid work world, with nearly 9 in 10 (87 percent) agreeing it makes them more productive and increases their sense of belonging” , the report reveals. Professionals in India don’t hold back their emotions and become more vulnerable, with nearly two-thirds (63%) admitting to crying in front of their boss – a third (32%) having done so more than once, the report added.
Emotions are now ‘professional’, but 7 in 10 say there is still stigma attached to them. Because of this, more than a quarter of professionals in India still worry about wearing their hearts out for fear of looking weak (27%), unprofessional (25%), and judged (25%). It is unfair that women are the most affected: almost 4 in 5 (79%) professionals in India agree that women are often judged more than men when they share their emotions at work.
Gen Z and millennials lead the way for openness at work
Gen Z (73 percent) and millennials (79 percent) are at the forefront of expressing themselves and feel more comfortable than ever about being open at work. By comparison, only 20 percent of workers aged 58-60 share the same comforts of expressing themselves at work.
3 in 5 professionals in India want more humor at work
More than three quarters (76 percent) of professionals in India agree that ‘making a joke’ at work is good for office culture, but more than half (56 percent) consider it ‘unprofessional’. Despite these mixed feelings, 9 in 10 (90 percent) professionals in India agree that humor is the most underused and undervalued emotion in the workplace. In fact, more than 3 in 5 (61 percent) professionals want more humor in the workplace in general.
Overall, professionals in South India joke the most in the country, with more than 2 in 5 (43 percent) doing it at least once a day, followed by professionals in the west (38 percent), east (37 percent) percent), northern (36 percent) and northeastern (33 percent) parts of the country, the study claims.
Across the globe, Indian and Italian workers emerge as the funniest workers in the world, with over a third (38 percent) respectively joking at least once a day. Australian workers (29 percent) came out as the least funny, even compared to Germans (36 percent), British (34 percent), Dutch (33 percent) and French (32 percent), the report added.
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