11 Jul 2012
Fitness and family top rush-hour wish list
New research reveals what Aussie employees would do with the time they waste commuting
Australia – 12th July 2012 – New research released today by global workplace provider Regus, reveals Australian workers would allocate more time to exercising or more time with family as their top two priorities if they could save time commuting. The study, which polled over 16,000 business professionals in more than 80 countries, shows how Australian’s would spend extra time if they didn’t have to waste it travelling to and from work.
In ranking order, the top activities chosen by Australian workers, from saved commute times include:
- Spending more time exercising and getting fitter (78%)
- Spending more time with partner and family (78%)
- Spending more time working (44%)
Cutting Commutes - Wish List
1. More time with partner and family
2. More time exercising and getting fit
3. More time working
4. More time going out with friends
5. More time sleeping
6. Performing voluntary/charitable work
7. Extending educational qualifications
The new survey also revealed that 35% of Australian workers are already benefitting from flexible working arrangements that mean they are free to work from locations other than their company’s main offices for half the week or more, helping them reduce the overall time spent commuting and giving them the freedom to choose work locations closer to home.
Newly appointed Country Head for Regus Australia, Jacqueline Lehmann, says: “In Australia, where there is major traffic congestion and particularly during rush hour, the issue of wasted commuting time is more pressing than ever before. Besides highlighting what workers could do for themselves by avoiding an unnecessary commute, the research underscores the benefits of flexi-work practices for businesses with 44% of Australian employees saying they would work more if they had the extra time. ”
The latest survey supports previous Regus research demonstrating the link between productivity and flexibility, with 59% of Australian businesses reporting a positive impact on employee health and morale from adopting flexi-practices, and 67% reporting increased revenues.
Lehmann comments, “The opportunity to save time for employees by freeing them from the daily rush-hour commute is enormous, and with 70% of Australian’s working more on the move today compared to a decade ago, the benefits to both staff and businesses are very clear. Although the number of professionals that are able to choose between different work locations is substantial, there is still significant progress to be made to help all workers benefit from more flexible conditions.”
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 Regus report, flexibility drives profitability, February 2012
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