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, 35% Filipino respondents report it is a pointless, undefined time, while 26% positively hate their commute and brand it as a ‘waste’ of their precious time. This means that for well over half of business people in the Philippines, commute time could be re-invested in more productive work time or in enjoying a few hours more sleep in the morning.
•Only a minority of business people in the Philippines (14%) regard commuting as profitable work time with the majority declaring it is a drain on work and personal time;
•It is therefore time that businesses call it quits with commuting and help workers save time to re-invest in productive work or leisure;
•A small minority (23%) regard their commute as personal time, perhaps as they are able to read and catch up on the latest news on their smartphone
Complete drain on productivity
Lars Wittig, Country Manager of Regus Philippines comments, “As commute times continue to get longer and longer, it is devastating to find that the vast majority of Filipino 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.
“In the Philippines, business people 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.”