London,
12
December
2011
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00:00
Asia/Kuala_Lumpur

Staying Festive And Fruitful?

Over two thirds of Malaysian workers will work during the New Year break this year, yet almost half believe very little will be achieved. Monitoring work trends, Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, asked over 12,000 business people in 85 countries about their intentions to work during the end of year holidays. The survey reveals that although over a third of Malaysian business people will go to the office during the festive season, their levels of productivity are expected to be low, providing little value to their employers and wasting employees’ precious home and family time commuting.

Key findings include:

· 68% of Malaysian business people will work during the end of year festive period.

· Over a third of Malaysian respondents working over the break (35%) will travel into the office to do so;

· 47% of Malaysian respondents believe that workers will get very little done in this work time;

· Over half of Malaysian business people (56%) think that staff working over the holidays mostly tend to use this time to catch up on unfinished tasks;

William Willems, Regional Vice-President for Regus Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia comments: “The holiday season is a special time for people to devote to their families and friends without neglecting their work duties. However our research suggests many people are not taking full advantage of the break and, if they are also travelling into the office to work, are unnecessarily squandering precious time with their loved ones.

“As the developed world faces economic difficulties and rapidly developing countries deal with the challenge of sustainable growth, businesses are under enormous pressure to keep a full head of steam, so it is not surprising that workers use this time to catch up on unfinished work. But are workers choosing to power through the break really producing the best value for their efforts?

“With the holiday season approaching, businesses are ever more focused on how to achieve or improve the work/life balance they offer so that workers can spend time with their loved ones. Particularly workers making the effort to travel in to work with limited transport options and in some cases adverse weather conditions could benefit from using a work location closer to home, reducing time wasted in commuting and maximizing the time they can spend with their families during the break.”