There’s no place like home
Regus report reveals what Irish business travellers miss the most
Irish cuisine may not be as widely renowned as its French or Italian counterparts but it’s one of the top three home comforts most missed by business travellers, after their families and homes. This is according to the latest research by global workspace provider Regus.
The poll of business owners and senior managers across Ireland found that, when asked what they missed the most when travelling abroad on business, over a quarter (28%) would willingly swap their carbonara for colcannon.
The report also suggests that the Irish are more sentimental than their global counterparts with almost nine in ten respondents (87%) saying they miss their families when abroad, compared to the global average of 68%. Over half (55%) admit to missing their homes, compared to just two fifths globally.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, just 1% of those polled claim to miss the Irish weather.
Other findings highlight that:
- 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 Ireland almost a third of respondents (30%) are less willing than they were ten years ago to separate from their home comforts and travel for business.
Commenting on the results, Karen Lawlor, Country Manager for Ireland at Regus says: “Face-to-face meetings have long been seen as a key part of business as people need to see the expressions and body language of those they are talking to, but developments in technology mean that attitudes towards business travel are beginning to change. Workers often find it draining and stressful and the fact is that nowadays it is often unnecessary.
“At our Dublin and Cork business centres we are seeing increasing demand for our video conferencing facilities as more and more of our customers seek an alternative. Cutting down on business travel not only helps companies’ bottom lines, significantly reducing costs and carbon footprint, it also means that staff are happier as they get to spend more time with loved ones. This goes a long way towards boosting employee wellbeing which ultimately translates into productivity gains."
Regus is the world’s largest flexible workspace provider with 2000 locations across 101 countries. Companies that work flexibly with Regus include Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline as well as thousands of SMEs.
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Regus is the global workplace provider.
Its network of more than 2,000 business centres in 101 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 1.5million 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: