68% of Workers in Japan Enjoy Work More Now than in 2010
TOKYO – May 30, 2012 – Regus, the world’s leading provider of flexible workspaces, performs global survey asking senior businesspeople in 80 countries about their work-life balance, including productivity, commuting and family time.
The survey results show that Japan is close to the worldwide average of nearly seven out of ten people enjoying work more now than in 2010. Workers in rapidly growing economies such as Mexico, Brazil and India top the list of respondents.
Do you enjoy work more than you did in 2010?
While enjoying work more, compared to the rest of the world Japanese workers were not satisfied with the amount of work spent at home with their families.
Do you feel happy with the amount of time you spend at home with family?
The research also show that Japanese companies are doing less to reduce commuting times for employees than other countries, an important measure in increasing the amount of time workers can spend with their families and in improving work-life balance.
Do you feel companies are doing more to reduce the time their employees spend commuting compared to 2010?
The Work-Life Balance Index calibrates overall job satisfaction indicators and respondents’ views on their overall work-life balance, benchmarked against a base point set at 100 in 2010. While the 2012 Index brings positive news globally that work-life balance is improving, Japan still lags behind much of the world.
Do you feel your work-life balance improved between 2010 and 2012?
With Japan behind the rest of the world in work-life balance it is also behind the global average in improving productivity. These results suggest that Japanese companies are still not making effective use of flexible working and helping workers to reduce unproductive commute times and improve productivity.
Do you believe that you achieve more at work today than you did in 2010?
Jessy Takashi Kure, Chairman of North Asia at Regus, comments: “After the recent economic downturn it is not surprising that workers report feeling happier now. Recent Regus research confirms that global business confidence is improving and that businesses are choosing to increase efficiency by giving workers more flexibility. This trend can be further supported by adopting flexible working practices such as allowing workers to travel outside of peak time, to work from locations closer to home, or to spend more time with their families. There is no doubt that empowering workers to work their way is important to promoting productivity and well-being.”
About the Regus Global Survey (survey performed by MindMetre Research)
Target respondents: Senior businesspeople and business owners worldwideTotal number of respondents: 16,200Number of respondents in Japan: 621Survey geography: 80 countriesSurvey period: January 2012
The Regus Work-Life Balance IndexThe 16,200 respondents to the Regus Global Survey were asked about their working hours, satisfaction with the amount of time spent at home or with family along with their views on whether there had been improvements in their overall work-life balance. The Regus Work-Life Balance Index calibrates this data and is benchmarked against a base point set at 100 in 2010.
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Over 1 million customers a day benefit from Regus facilities spread across a global footprint of 1,200 locations in 550 cities and 95 countries, which allow individuals and companies to work wherever, however and whenever they want to. Regus was founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1989, is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange.