What’s on the menu for office workers?
Dublin 24 January 2014– A new survey by flexible workspace provider Regus reveals a polarity in the spending habits of Ireland’s office workers, with half spending more than €5 on lunch, snacks and drinks most days – over €100 each month - but one in nine paying out almost nothing at all.
Over half of those polled (52%) say they usually prepare a packed lunch, but 15% claim they are hampered by inadequate office kitchens.
Five in ten report that they eat more when they are stressed, and three quarters eat healthier meals when they don’t have a long commute.
These insights into workplace eating habits will give food for thought to employees across the country looking to kick start a healthier eating regime this year.
Karen Lawlor, Country Manager for Ireland at Regus comments: “Finances and health usually come high up most people’s priorities in January and it is clear that making a few simple changes, like preparing food to take to work, can make a significant difference to monthly bank balances – and waistlines!
“Two thirds of firms, according to our previous research, recognise that smarter working practices like flexible working help staff maintain a healthier work-life balance, and three quarters of workers believe flexi-hours and multi-location working alleviate stress.
Certainly one of the main motivations for people using ‘third places’ like our drop-in business centres is to avoid unnecessary commuting and reclaim more time for their personal lives. Not only will this pay dividends in terms of a healthier lifestyle but also financially – saving money in many areas, from the cost of commuting to the cost of shop-bought food.”
Regus is the global workplace provider.
Its network of more than 1,800 business centres in 100 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 www.regus.com