Workaholic Britain?


Hardworking Brits plan to stay in the office over the Christmas break, and nearly 70% check work emails whilst on holiday, according to the latest workplace trends survey from Regus.

Well over half of UK employees will work during the Christmas break this year, yet over a third believes very little will be achieved. Nearly 70% of workers supposedly on holiday will check work emails regularly on their mobile devices. These are the findings of the latest report on work trends from Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, which asked over 2,700 business people in the UK about their intentions to work during the Christmas holidays. The survey also reveals that two-fifths (41%) of those working over the festive period will do so in the office, but their levels of productivity are expected to be low, providing little value to their employers and wasting employees’ precious home and family time commuting.

The Regus survey throws a spotlight on working behaviour during the holiday season with 61% of respondents reporting that they are required to be contactable all the time, and 40% stating they are expected to do some work when on holiday. Not surprisingly 27% felt that working on holiday has caused serious upset for family, friends or partners.

Key findings include:

  • 56% of UK business people will work during the end of year festive period;
  • Two fifths of those working over the break (41%) will travel into the office to do so;
  • 35% believe that workers will not get much actual work done over this period;
  • Over half of British business people (53%) think that staff working over the holidays mostly tend to use this time to catch up on unfinished tasks;
  • Workers in small firms (60%) are more likely to work over the break than those in large businesses (46%);
  • 59% of UK respondents intend to take more holiday in 2012.
“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. In the UK in particular, where icy roads and snow severely disrupted transport in 2010, workers choosing to go into the office over the holidays could face long and difficult commutes.[1]

“Businesses are increasingly focused on how to achieve or improve the work/life balance they offer so that employees 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.”

Celia Donne, Regional Director, Regus
About Regus

Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world’s largest network of video communication studios. Regus enables people to work their way, whether it’s from home, on the road or from an office. Customers such as Google, GlaxoSmithKline, and Nokia join hundreds of thousands of growing small and medium businesses that benefit from outsourcing their office and workplace needs to Regus, allowing them to focus on their core activities.

More than 1.3 million customers a day benefit from Regus facilities spread across a global footprint of more than 1,500 locations in 600 cities and 99 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.