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India's Workplace Personas Fuel AI Growth: Problem Solvers And Expressionists Most Likely To Adopt

Slack’s global research reveals that India has the highest number of problem solvers who are drawn to tools like AI that will help them and their colleagues fast track processes and streamline workflows

India's Workplace Personas Fuel AI Growth: Problem Solvers And Expressionists Most Likely To Adopt

Outlook Start-Up Desk

POSTED ON November 08, 2023 8:46 PM

Slack, a workplace productivity platform, unveiled the results of its new global research, shedding light on the diverse workplace personas in India and their influence on technology and artificial intelligence (AI) adoption.

The YouGov survey of over 15,000 desk workers across nine markets—including 2000 in India—offers insights into the preferences and behaviour of Indian desk workers. With a diverse range of workplace personas, the country stands at the forefront of AI adoption, driven by Problem Solvers and Expressionists.

The research found that The Problem Solver workplace persona was the most common in India, comprising a significant 23 per cent of the workforce. Problem Solvers are characterised by their mastery of tech and automation, with an unmatched enthusiasm for AI and streamlining work processes. 

A remarkable 92 per cent of them identify as early tech adopters, and 77 per cent express excitement about AI. The Problem Solver's passion for incorporating AI into their work is evident, with 43 per cent eager to leverage AI to enhance productivity. This persona actively seeks external tech training, contributing to India's highest AI usage rate—as unveiled in the research—at 54 per cent, followed closely by Singapore at 34 per cent.

The Expressionist, known for their strong visual communication style, make up 21 per cent of India's workforce. They prioritise less formal and more engaging workplace interactions by using emojis, GIFs and memes. 

Globally, 72 per cent of Expressionists employ these visual tools to enhance communication, compared to 29 per cent of all desk workers. They believe that workplace communication should be fun and lighthearted, leveraging these visual elements to create virtual connections and ensuring their messages are received as intended.  

Detectives And Road Warriors Less Prevalent In India

On the other hand, India has fewer Detectives, and the investigative workplace persona known for their relentless curiosity and knowledge-sharing tendencies. Detectives pride themselves on being organised, with 93 per cent preferring to solve problems independently. 
Although Detectives are most prominent in France (38 per cent), the U.K. (34 per cent), the U.S. (33 per cent), and Germany (33per cent), India has a smaller share in its workforce at 16 per cent. The research suggests India’s comparatively younger workforce is a factor here, with Detectives found to be most common amongst older workforces. 

Road Warriors, who thrive on flexibility and remote connections, are most common in Japan (28 per cent) and Singapore (26 per cent), yet they make up just 18 per cent of the Indian workforce. They are more likely to work on geographically distributed teams, with 17 per cent collaborating in groups without any physical presence, and put a high value on flexibility in how and where they work.

Derek Laney, Slack Technology Evangelist, APAC, Salesforce, commented, “As India's various work models continue to evolve, our research has found that every workplace, whether it has five or 5,000 employees, comprises a diverse ecosystem of personalities, skills, and approaches. In India, Problem Solvers and Expressionists are helping to drive technological transformation at work with their enthusiasm for AI and innovative communication styles. “

He added that while Detectives and Road Warriors may be less common in India than in other markets, fostering diverse teams is pivotal for productivity. Having a range of workplace personas not only makes our work days more interesting, but allows for different strengths to come together. No two employees are alike and businesses need a platform that enables a range of different styles of work to be successful.”

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