Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,

Commuting goes backwards

Commuting times increase across the globe

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 November 2014 – Despite all the evidence that shorter commuting times increase employee productivity and motivation, the global commuting trend has gone into reverse. The world average commute has increased a full five minutes each way since 2012, finds the latest Regus survey canvassing the opinions of over 22,000 respondents in 100 countries.

The average one way commute now takes over half an hour at 32.5 minutes compared to only 27 minutes two years ago and accounting for over an hour of time spent travelling into work each day.

In Malaysia, committed employees do try to remain productive during their commute and thanks to their smart devices they keep busy making telephone calls (74.8%), listening to music (56.7%), contacting family and friends (50.4%) and catching up on the day’s news (55.9%).

Interestingly, intraday travel, such as trips to and from meetings, is generally more work-focused with emailing (52.8%) and reading important documents (43.3%) more likely to take place. Respondents also reveal that they are more likely to visit professional social media during intraday travel (35.4%).

Vijayakumar Tangarasan, Country Manager at Regus Malaysia, comments: “It is disheartening to see that instead of becoming shorter, the global commute has actually increased by a full five minutes each way and now accounts for over an hour a day. Although the daily commute represents a productivity-drain, workers are keeping active on their portable devices and focusing on catching up on some leisure activities such as listening to music while they travel. During intraday travel they focus on more professional activities instead.

“Nevertheless, people would ideally like to be able to work in a professional, discreet environment, near to home or to wherever their business takes them, so that their commuting time is shorter and their productivity can be maximised. Working closer to home means reducing the daily productivity-drain represented by commuting and giving workers an opportunity to improve their work:life balance.”

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