A third of Regus survey respondents say daily commute is a major productivity drain

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Latest research from flexible workspace provider Regus shows that business people globally regard their daily trip into and out of the office as a drain on productivity. This ‘limbo’ of time that is mainly seen as neither productive work time, nor enjoyable personal time is widely regarded as an obstacle to more useful or entertaining pursuits.

Of the almost 40,000 Regus survey respondents from around the world including Sri Lanka, 37% reported commuting is pointless, undefined time, while 27% positively hate their commute and brand it as a ‘waste’ of their precious time. This means that for well over half of business people globally commute time could be re-invested in more productive work time or in enjoying a few hours more sleep in the morning.dft-5-99

Key survey findings in 

Sri Lanka:

nOnly a minority of business people from local findings (22%) regard commuting as profitable work time with the majority declaring it as productive to neither work or personal time;

nIt is therefore time that businesses call it quits with commuting and help workers save time to re-invest in productive work or leisure;

nA small minority (20%) regard their commute as personal time, perhaps as they are able to read and catch up on the latest news on their smartphone

A total of 96% of local respondents had disclosed that if they were two choose from two similar jobs, they would have gone for the job that offered flexible work time. A majority of business people (69%) also agreed that flexible workers are more rested as a result of working closer to home. 

Regus Sri Lanka, Country Head Dr. Nirmal De Silva commented, “As commute times continue to get longer and longer, it is interesting to find that the vast majority of workers regard their daily travel into work and back home as a complete drain on their work day productivity and that they are equally unable to devote it to personal or leisure activities. This indeed will pose many challenges for employers and therefore, need to keep this in mind in their continuous pursuit of attracting and retaining talent.  

“Business people globally are expected to always be available and connected, but in reality there is a much bigger and subtler drain on their productivity than not having a smartphone on hand, and that is the daily commute. Savvy businesses wanting to restore productivity and reward workers with more personal time or simply with a lie-in every once in a while, would do well to allow employees to work closer to home at least some of the time.”