Work pressures increasing downtime
Hong Kong, 26 February 2015 – Changing work patterns are increasing the strain on business people, a recent report by global workplace provider Regus has found, with a significant proportion of workers worldwide finding that their jobs now regularly intrude on their free time.
In fact, the survey of 22,000 workers across more than 100 countries reveals that work pressures are frequently to blame for distracting their attention from other important tasks, such as driving. Two out of five globally find themselves worrying about work while they should be concentrating on the road, saying that they need to pull over to attend to a piece of work that just won’t wait much more frequently than just five years ago.
Work is also increasingly interrupting home life with respondents to the survey also reporting that they have to attend to work matters when they are out of the office more frequently than five years ago. This is the case for 66% of those questioned for the Regus report, with 64% seeing business use of instant messaging increasing as a result.
As well as this growing intrusion on personal time, the expectation that professionals are always checking their email is damaging business etiquette with 62% of workers globally reporting that they are required to accommodate last minute changes to meetings all too often.
“The global work environment is changing and technology, especially mobile and instant messaging, has huge benefits in enabling business people to be more flexible about how and where they work. However, it is important that being always-connected is beneficial to productivity and not a distraction for workers when they are driving or living their personal lives. For this reason businesses need to think carefully about the options they give workers to respond to their demands swiftly, but also safely and effectively, such as providing them with access to professional drop-in locations even when they are driving,” said Michael Ormiston, Country Manager, Regus Hong Kong.
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