Kill the commute this World Earth Day
Regus offers local workers free flexible workspace to lessen the environmental impact of long commutes
To celebrate and support World Earth Day today, global workplace provider Regus, is providing free use of all of its business lounges across Australia [for the next three days]. The initiative will allow city workers to save on petrol and reduce carbon emissions by avoiding the long commute while still maintaining productivity by working from their local Regus center. Some of Regus’ main convenient suburban locations include Sydney’s Parramatta and North Ryde; Melbourne’s St Kilda; and Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.
Regus is also providing a commuter calculator on its website to enable commuters visualize the amount of money and time they would save if they were to work from a Regus center instead of their office.
Unnecessary carbon emissions, wasted time and loss of productivity are just a few of the negatives associated with a lengthy car ride into work. Previous Regus research shows that the average one-way work day commute in Australia is 27 minutes. That adds up to more than 100 hours a year behind the wheel, pumping tons of harmful greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. By offering free flexible work space for everyone, not only is Regus encouraging workplace sustainability, but it also hopes that participating corporations will experience the benefits of giving employees flexible work options.
According to the most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics data, 71% of Australians travel to work by car[i]. CEO of Regus Australia, Paul Migliorini, said this shows the large number of Australians that spend time in their cars commuting, which needs to be reduced.
“We are aiming to slash commute times for Aussies this World Earth Day,” he said. “With a huge number of people driving to work we have some serious harsh effects on the environment as well as people’s mental health – no one wants to spend hours of their day stuck behind the wheel. At the same time, businesses and their employees want to maintain the productivity levels that can only be achieved from a professional business environment. That’s why we are offering free use of our business lounges all over the country and the world. It’s part of our call for businesses to start offering more flexible methods of working to their staff.”
For employers considering offering flexible work options to their employees, Regus has a few tips for beginning the process:
- Have a conversation with your staff: Learn more about their individual needs and discuss their wants. This conversation will help drive creation of the office flexible work policy, understanding that there will likely be a broad range of requests.
- Consider alternate work location options: Long commutes increase stress while decreasing employee productivity and happiness. Allowing an employee to work from home or drop in to a nearby shared workspace will improve work/life balance and decrease commuting expenses. It also promotes a greener corporate culture.
- Measure performance by output: Managing remote employees definitely requires an adjustment but the process is made easier when clear goals and benchmarks are established. These goals allows managers to focus on the quality of the work being delivered and less on micro-managing.
- Change your communication style: Make sure employees are given the right tools for success while working from alternate locations. Invest in technology options like web-based project management programs and video conferencing to help them stay up-to-date on projects and office happenings.
Regus is rapidly expanding into suburbs, offering those that travel into cities on a daily basis a second option, with the flexibility of working from a fully equipped, modern business center that provides all the amenities needed but closer to home. It also enables businesses to extend flexible working practices to their staff, increasing employee health, morale, loyalty and productivity.
Regus business lounges offer a variety of workspaces, from custom designed Thinkpods to shared workbenches and comfortable lounge seating. Those taking advantage of the special World Earth Day open days will also receive complementary Wi-Fi as well as tea and coffee.
To find a nearby Regus center this Earth Day, please visit http://www.regus.com.au/
About Regus Regus is the global workplace provider.
Its network of more than 1,800 business centers in 100 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 1.5 million members want support – city centers, suburban districts, shopping centers and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centers.
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.