London,
28
October
2015
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11:23
Europe/London

UK’s Home Workers Fear Getting Fat

One third of professionals worry about the effects of excessive snacking when working from home

The UK has been dubbed the ‘fat man of Europe’[1] and it seems working from home could be contributing to our expanding waistlines.

A third (32%) of the UK’s business professionals say that they fear getting fat due to the temptation to snack more when working from home compared to working in an office environment.

The research by global workplace provider Regus canvassed the opinions of more than 4,000 business people across the UK. The findings suggest that the solitude associated with working at home, coupled with ready accessibility to fridge, cupboard and larder, leads to more munching during the 9-5.

Remote working is on the rise; 45% of UK workers are now based outside of their main office for more than half the week. However, there are clear distinctions between working from home and working remotely from a flexible, professional workspace.

Richard Morris, UK CEO, Regus, comments: “Remote working has become something of a catch-all term. But working from home is different to working from a purpose-built, flexible workspace.

“The temptation to snack is just one of several distractions that can affect home-workers. Often, they are jostling for space with other members of the family, or called upon to assist with errands during working hours.

“Alternatively, flexible workspace provides workers with convenience in terms of location but also offers an environment that is immediately professional and geared towards productivity. Now, it seems that there are health benefits too.

“Working from home makes it easy to reach for a doughnut whilst still in your pyjamas. This look is not so popular in a workspace surrounded by professional peers!”

[1] http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/loseweight/pages/statistics-and-causes-of-the-obesity-epidemic-in-the-uk.aspx

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Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 2,500 business centres in 106 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 2.1million 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