Dallas, TX – May 3, 2012 – As work-life balance improves, US workers say their productivity goes up as well, according to the Regus Work-Life Balance Index. The Index surveyed over 16,000 professionals in more than 80 countries, with US workers reporting a 15% improvement in the balance between work and home since 2010. Despite working more hours, employees are enjoying their jobs more, and the majority feel they have enough time to spend at home or on personal pursuits. The Index calibrates job satisfaction indicators and respondents’ views on their overall work-life balance with data on real-life practice such as working hours and commuting.
Key findings for US workers include:
-64% say they enjoy work more than they did in 2010
-60% say they are satisfied with the amount of time spent on personal pursuits
-73% say they achieve more at work than in 2010, confirming the connection between work-life balance and productivity
-46% say businesses have tried to shorten commute times, acknowledging the strain a lengthy journey in and out of work can have
“Work-life balance is essential for employees to live a healthy and happy life, but this index breaks new ground in showing it is also necessary for business growth,” states Guillermo Rotman, CEO Americas for Regus. “This survey provides firm evidence connecting productivity with a more flexible lifestyle and sounds a call for all businesses to urgently look at their own working practices.”
After the initial market free-fall prior to 2010 and the global economic meltdown that ensued, it is not surprising that workers report feeling happier now. For example, worries about job security have decreased from the start of the downturn in some sectors and recent Regus research confirms that global business confidence is stabilising. The survey also confirms that happier employees are also more productive with a convincing majority of respondents declaring that they are achieving more than in 2010.
“As economic conditions improve and the job market becomes more dynamic, businesses wanting to retain and hire top talent cannot afford to ignore the value that a reputation for affording a good work-life balance can bring,” added Rotman. “One increasingly popular measure that’s helping workers reduce tiring and unproductive commute times is the introduction of more flexible working practices. Whether these measures enable workers to travel out of peak time, to work from locations closer to home or to spend more time with their families, there is no doubt that empowering workers to work their way is being acknowledged as an ever more important factor in promoting productivity and well-being.”
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The Regus Work-Life Balance Index
The survey canvassed the opinions of over 16,000 business professionals in more than 80 countries from the Regus global contacts database. The Regus global contacts database of over 1 million business-people worldwide is highly representative of senior managers and owners in business across the globe. Respondents were asked about their working hours, satisfaction with the amount of time spent at home or with family along with their views on whether there had been improvements in their overall work-life balance. The Index calibrates this data and is benchmarked against a base point set at 100 in 2010. The survey was managed and administered by the independent organisation, MindMetre, www.mindmetre.com
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.
Over a million customers a day benefit from Regus facilities spread across a global footprint of 1,300 locations in 550 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. For more information please visit: www.regus.com