TORONTO,
02
March
2014
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00:00
America/New_York

Home-Sick Business Travellers

Home cooking among the top three things Canadians miss when travelling for work

Aside from missing their families and home, Canadian business travellers reveal they are attached to their home cooking, finds the latest survey by Regus, the global flexible workplace provider. Home cooking (30%) is among the top three things Canadians miss when travelling for work.

When travelling abroad for business respondents globally reported that after family (68%) and their home (38%), they are most likely to be hit by a bout of nostalgia over home cooking (25%), rather than savouring the delights of a foreign cuisine. One in five respondents (17%) also longs to speak in their own language, highlighting that some home comforts really are irreplaceable in making people feel they belong.

Other findings highlight that:

  • In Canada, respondents were more likely to miss their home (46%) than the global average of 38%;
  • Globally, generation X and Baby Boomers are less likely to be willing to travel for work with family commitments taking their toll;
  • Generation X, most likely to have young children, is the most likely to miss their family (73%);
  • In Canada more than a third (35%) of respondents are less willing than they were ten years ago to separate from their home comforts and travel for business.
Face-to-face meetings have often been a key part of business as people need to see the expressions and body language of those they are talking to, but workers also find that over the years their priorities change. New technologies that allow workers to hold video conferences are becoming more and more common and employees are starting to demand that these be offered as an alternative to travel.
Wes Lenci, VP, Regus Canada

Reducing unnecessary travel also helps the bottom line, significantly reducing costs and a company’s carbon footprint. By introducing a greater degree of video conferencing, businesses can have their cake and eat it too: they can save money and the environment, as well as helping increase employee satisfaction and improve their work:life balance.

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Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 2,000 business centres in 103 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 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