Sleep - starved Indians struggle to juggle family and work commitments, shows Regus study

Workers also highlight that a shorter commute (41%) and greater flexibility of location (36%) would give them more time to spend with their families as well as to catch some extra shut-eye, but businesses can also benefit from introducing greater flexibility which is reported to improve productivity (69%) and help retain staff (84%).

These are some of the key findings of a global survey by Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, based on interviews with more than 24,000 business-people from over 90 countries.

“With 11% of Indians having taken time off due to sleep deprivation, it is vital all businesses address the issue immediately” says Mr. Madhusudan Thakur, Regional Vice-President, South Asia, Regus. “Respondents highlight that a shorter commute and more flexibility over work location would help them spend more time with their families, finally spelling an end to sleepless nights filled with catching up on work or personal tasks that couldn’t be squeezed into the day.”

Key Findings and Statistics

  • Globally 29% of workers are sleeping less than they wish to fit all their commitments and in India 31% of workers are sacrificing sleep to fit in work and personal commitments, while over a fifth (22%) feel they have to overcompensate for time taken off for personal matters
  • Workers highlight a shorter commute (41%) and location flexibility (36%) as ways of helping them spend more time with their families
  • But businesses can benefit too, as flexible work is thought to improve productivity (69%) and help staff retention (84%)
  • Currently management is being rewarded for encouraging a flexible work environment in 60% of firms

Mr. Thakur continues, “This survey shows that allowing employees to work closer to home in professional and fully efficient environments can have an important impact on family life and provide workers with a few more minutes’ kip each morning. But the benefits are not just for workers, and firms can also improve productivity and retention by introducing flexible working. Yet, in spite of the win-win benefits that flexible working can bring on both employee and company side, there is evidently still plenty of grounds for improvement as 40% of Indian firms do not recognize or reward managers for encouraging the creation of a flexible workforce.”

Research Methodology:

  • Over 24,000 business respondents from over 90 countries were interviewed during September 2012
  • These were sourced from Regus’ global contacts database of over 1 million business-people worldwide which is highly representative of senior managers and owners in business across the globe
  • Respondents were asked which they felt were the biggest challenges to productivity when working from the home
The survey was managed and administered by the independent organisation, MindMetre,