Back to School. Back to the Daily Commute?
(TORONTO, August 21, 2012) – As summer winds down, kids are preparing to go back to school and parents back to work. For many, the most frustrating part of the day is the commute, which according to Statistics Canada averages 26 minutes nationwide each way.
Technology and changing work habits are helping people avoid the congestion. According to a survey from Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workspaces, 42 per cent of Canadian professionals are no longer tethered to their desks and are free to work from locations other than their company’s main offices two and a half days a week or more.
“There are tremendous benefits to flexible working. If you reduce an employee’s commuting time up to five hours a week, you’ll have happier and healthier workers who are more productive, which benefits them and the bottom line,” said Wes Lenci, VP of Regus Canada. “A growing list of customers – from the small business owner to the large corporation -- are opening in our suburban locations in order to provide alternate work sites for employees enabling them to shorten their commute.”
An increasing number of businesses are offering flexible work options, which boost workplace morale and improve quality of life for employees. Here’s what respondents said they’d do with the extra time if they weren’t stuck in traffic every day:
- Spend more time exercising and getting in better shape (75%)
- Spend more time with a partner and family (67%)
- Work more (52%)
- Go out with friends (51%)
- Volunteer and perform charitable work (50%)
- Continuing education (48%)
- Get more rest (43%)
With more than 45 locations across Canada, Regus has a strong presence in all of the major business districts. Regus is now adding centres in suburban locations to eliminate lengthy commutes.
Suburban Regus Centres Include:
Burlington, 460 Brant Street
Markham, 15 Allstate Parkway and 675 Cochrane Drive
Mississauga, 711 Syntex Drive
Oakville, 1155 North Service Road West
Laval, 2828 Boulevard Laurier
Burnaby, 4720 Kingsway and 4170 Still Creek Drive
Richmond, 5811 Cooney Road
Garrison Green, 5 Richard Way
Macleod Trail, 5940 Macleod Trail
One Executive Place, 1816 Crowchild Trail NW
Quarry Park, 160 Quarry Park Boulevard