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37 percent of Malaysians see daily commute as 'productivity drain'

AvantiKumar | Oct. 7, 2016
Globally, many professionals view the daily commute as 'limbo' time.

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According to a new survey, 37 percent of Malaysian professionals see the daily commute as a 'productivity drain.'

The Malaysian findings were part of an online survey of almost 40,000 business people by flexible workspace provider Regus, whose Malaysia country manager Vijayakumar Tangarasan said the commute was viewed a 'limbo' of time, and perceived as neither productive work time, nor enjoyable personal time but as an obstacle to more useful or entertaining pursuits.

 Tangarasan said that globally 44 percent reported the commute as "a pointless, undefined time, while 18 percent 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," he said.

"As commute times continue to get longer and longer, it is devastating 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," said Tangarasan.

Some findings

Only a minority of business people globally (23 percent) 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 (16 percent) regard their commute as personal time, perhaps as they are able to read and catch up on the latest news on their smartphone

"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," he said.

"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," said Tangarasan.


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