Hong Kong,
11
February
2015
|
04:32
Asia/Hong_Kong

Productivity: heaven or hell?

Hong Kong workers list lengthy meetings, IT glitches and traffic jams as the top productivity killers

 

Hong Kong, 11 February 2015 – Rising numbers of people worldwide are now opting to work outside the main office for at least a proportion of their business hours. A recent report by global workplace provider Regus, that surveyed 22,000 workers across more than 100 countries, reveals that globally some 70% of professionals say flexible workers have increased compared with just five years ago.

 

However, productivity is still being hampered by the difficulty many find in locating a suitable spot to work in outside of the office environment, with noisy and disruptive settings proving a real issue for busy professionals. Globally, respondents to the survey identified the top productivity killers as traffic jams (56%) hampering them from getting to the office or to and from meetings, IT glitches (43%) in alternative work areas such as cafes as well as lengthy meetings (40%). However, in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and USA, long meetings were the No.1 productivity killer.

 

Productivity Killers

Global Ave

HK

China

Taiwan

S'pore

UK

USA

 1. Traffic jams

56%

43%

67%

52%

48%

39%

41%

 2. IT glitches

43%

46%

58%

37%

49%

47%

44%

 3. Lengthy meetings

40%

46%

44%

58%

49%

35%

49%

 4. Transport delays

26%

27%

31%

29%

33%

29%

13%

 5. Cold calls (inbound)

19%

20%

18%

18%

15%

27%

18%

 6. Long drives to meetings

19%

13%

8%

12%

14%

18%

16%

 7. Road works

16%

5%

6%

5%

4%

20%

15%

 8. Conference calls

13%

30%

5%

8%

19%

13%

33%

 9. Transport strikes

11%

5%

4%

9%

6%

9%

2%

 10. Smartphone running out of battery when on-the-go

11%

17%

21%

30%

23%

11%

11%

 11. Energy outages

9%

8%

9%

16%

6%

3%

5%

 12. Transport network works

6%

4%

14%

12%

4%

5%

2%

Source : Regus 2014

 

While many options are available to professionals wishing to adopt a more flexible approach to working, business centres score most highly with more than half of professionals globally believing these to be a safe haven for productivity when working outside the office (53%). However, like their counterparts around the world, Hong Kong respondents did not find working at home – even with a professional setting – was the best option. Over 60% of the respondents preferred working in a business centre. One of the reasons may be due to the size of the apartments in Hong Kong, which are relatively small.

Most productive work environments: HK vs Global

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further key findings:

  • Just 34% of respondents say working from home is good for productivity outside the office, although this rises to 63% for the lucky few who are able to invest in a professional home office.
  • Professional group or association lounges score surprisingly low at 11%, suggesting that these locations are better for networking than for getting work done.
  • Cafés, with their associated issues of lack of privacy, unreliable internet connections, and background noise, also score low at just 12%.

 

“Having the option to work from different locations can be enormously beneficial for many workers, but the challenge is in finding the right environment outside of the office to allow people to remain just as, if not more productive” said Michael Ormiston, Country Manager, Regus Hong Kong.

 

“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.”

 

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About Regus

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