Location an important factor in worker well-being

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Regus: Offices should be closer to home

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Global workplace provider Regus Philippines is prodding Philippine companies to have offices that are closer to their workers’ homes, as the company released a global study that working overtime, especially on Mondays, has become a global norm.

Regus Philippines country manager Lars Wittig said the location of work plays an important factor in a worker’s well being, especially for those who do extra hours of work.

Wittig cited data from the Philippine Statistics Authority last July that over 26.2 million employees, or 67 percent of 39.1 million employees, work for 40 hours or more per week.

“While the commitment of workers in the Philippines is admirable, it is worrying that a small proportion are working the equivalent of a seven-day week,” said Wittig. “While it can’t be healthy to carry out so much overtime, it is also true that the location this work is carried out in plays an in important role in contributing to worker well-being.”

According to Regus’ latest global survey of over 44,000 business people from more than 100 countries including the Philippines, working long hours has become the norm with most workers putting in at least a small amount of overtime every week. More than one in ten (14 percent), however, is teetering close to burn out and putting in over 15 hours, basically working the equivalent of a seven-day week.

Regus said this confirms that daily overtime is the norm for many workers globally, even in the Philippines.

“If Filipinos are able to carry out an acceptable amount of overtime from a location closer to home, they will benefit from a shorter commute at the end of the day and a more efficient use of their time,” said Wittig. “If instead, punitively long hours are combined with grueling commutes, Filipinos could be facing burnout all too soon.”

Nineteen percent of those surveyed by Regus also turned out to be doing around two to four hours more each week.

One-in-ten or 14 percent do more than15 hours of overtime running very close to an additional two working days.

Thirty-eight percent work a full extra day or more, confirming that daily overtime is the norm for workers globally.

Regus found that workers are most likely to stay on longer on Mondays (16 percent), when workers catch up from the weekend and try to get ahead, while towards the middle of the week, nine percent do overtime on Wednesdays.

Workers, the survey said, are also keen to get out early on Friday, when only nine percent commit to regularly doing overtime.

Regus is the world’s largest provider of workspace, with diverse customers from entrepreneurs and individuals to multi-million dollar corporations like Google, Toshiba, and GlaxoSmithKline.

The company has a network of 2,600 locations in106 countries, offering flexible workspaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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