Australia,
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February
2015
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Australian’s vote lengthy meetings as number one productivity killer

A recent report by global workplace provider Regus revealed that lengthy meetings are hampering Australian workers’ output, with 54 per cent claiming this as their biggest productivity killer.

This was closely followed by IT glitches (47 per cent) and traffic jams (37 per cent), as voted for by Australian respondents in a recent Regus global survey on all things productivity related.

The report also revealed that the early bird really does catch the worm, with 51 per cent of Australians claiming that they are at their most productive in the early morning, compared with just five per cent of night owls.

The following table presents the national and state-capital top production killers, with respondents asked to select their top three from the list:

What causes the greatest delays or worst interruptions in your working day?

 

Australia

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

Adelaide

Perth

Lengthy meetings

54%

54.2%

61.1%

52.7%

27.6%

47.5%

IT glitches

47%

45.8%

45.6%

46.2%

55.2%

45.8%

Traffic jams

37%

36.0%

35.6%

39.8%

31.0%

49.2%

Transport delays

27%

30.2%

32.9%

22.6%

31.0%

20.3%

Cold calls (inbound)

22%

21.8%

20.1%

23.7%

27.6%

20.3%

Conference calls

21%

25.8%

17.4%

19.4%

13.8%

18.6%

Long drives to meetings

15%

16.0%

16.1%

11.8%

20.7%

18.6%

Road works

11%

8.0%

7.4%

16.1%

31.0%

16.9%

Smartphone battery dying

11%

9.3%

10.7%

11.8%

13.8%

6.8%

Transport network works

5%

6.2%

6.7%

2.2%

3.4%

8.5%

Energy outages

3%

2.2%

2.0%

2.2%

6.9%

3.4%

Transport strikes

3%

4.9%

3.4%

0.0%

3.4%

1.7%

Source: Regus

For workers who labour outside of the office, the survey revealed that 67 per cent of Australian respondents found a professional setting in their own home as the most productive out-of-office environment, although the appeal of working from home dropped to 38 per cent for those not lucky enough to boast a home office suite.

Outside of the home, business centres topped the chart for the most productive setting, with almost half of Australians (46 per cent) believing these to be a safe haven for work outside the office. Noisy and disruptive venues including public libraries and hotel bars and lounges sat at the bottom of the list, with only eight per cent and three per cent of workers championing their productive values, respectively.

CEO of Australia and New Zealand, Paul Migliorini, said: “In today’s business climate, where many professionals now have the option to work outside of the main business environment, its important to identify what the biggest productivity killers are so that these can be avoided.

“For those without a professional home office, business centres with their professional, productive working environments and IT security provide an answer, allowing busy professionals the peace and functionality they need, when they need it.”

Boilerplate

Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 2,000 business centres in 104 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.8 million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit: www.regus.com.au