Time may be a better Valentine’s gift than hearts and roses

Cut Your Commute to spend more time with your loved ones

Regus, the global flexible workplace provider, is encouraging commuters to spend more time with their loved ones this Valentine’s Day to boost both personal and professional relationships.

With less time and money spent on commuting, it leaves more for romance – or the other important things in life – and it’s certainly a priority for office workers. In a global Regus survey of business people, 75% of respondents said they would use shorter commuting time to spend more time with family.

Less time in the car also has environmental benefits too; the same poll found that 46% of people think a shorter drive to work is the easiest way for firms to reduce their carbon footprint.

And what better time to implement these initiatives than Valentine’s Day? The time saved could even help people find the perfect gift after research last year found that many people get it wrong when it came to Valentine’s Day. According to the survey, there was a marked discrepancy between the present people intended to give and the one their partner wanted to receive. Only 20% of people, for example, actually wanted flowers.[1]

In fact, the best way to put a smile on loved ones’ faces may be to spend a little more time at home – not just on Valentine’s Day, but at other times too. Among the ill-effects linked to long hours at the office and lengthy commutes are stress, loneliness and exhaustion – hardly conducive to keeping the spark in a relationship.  A study in Sweden even found that couples in which one partner commutes long distances to work are more likely to divorce.[2]

Mark Dixon, CEO of Regus, commented: “People around the world wish they had more time and energy to devote to relationships and family. Meanwhile, employers want to boost workforce productivity. These two goals sound incompatible, but they’re not. There are simple measures to reconcile them – giving employees more flexibility over their schedules and offering them options for doing their job closer to home.

“Businesses that offer flexible work options tell us they see huge benefits. For example, 75% say it leads directly to greater productivity. If you let your workers enjoy some extra time at home this Valentine’s Day, it’s not just romance that could flourish.”




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[1] Credit Donkey, “Survey: Valentine’s Day Statistics 2013”.

[2] Science Daily, “Long-distance commuters get divorced more often, Swedish study finds”, 25 May 2011.


Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 1,700 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: