Photo - Vijayakumar Tangarasan, Country Manager, Regus Malaysia
According to an online survey by global workspaces provider Regus, more than 50 percent of Malaysians continue to work on commutes using mobile devices.
Vijayakumar Tangarasan, country manager for Regus Malaysia, said the global survey of 22,000 respondents in 100 countries, also showed that commute times have increased globally by 5 minutes each way since 2012. This goes against the expectation that shorter commuting times would increase employee motivation.
"It is disheartening to see that instead of becoming shorter, the global commute has actually increased by a full five minutes each way and now accounts for over an hour a day," said Tangarasan, adding that the average one-way commute now takes more than half an hour at 32.5 minutes compared to only 27 minutes two years ago.
"Although the daily commute represents a productivity-drain, workers are keeping active on their portable devices and focusing on catching up on some leisure activities such as listening to music while they travel. During intraday travel they focus on more professional activities instead," he said.
However, in Malaysia, committed employees do try to remain productive during their commute and thanks to their smart devices they keep busy making telephone calls (74.8 percent), listening to music (56.7 percent), contacting family and friends (50.4 percent) and catching up on the day's news (55.9 percent), said Tangarasan.
He said that interestingly, intraday travel, such as trips to and from meetings, is generally more work-focused with emailing (52.8 percent) and reading important documents (43.3 percent) more likely to take place. Respondents also said that they are more likely to visit professional social media during intraday travel (35.4 percent).
"Nevertheless, people would ideally like to be able to work in a professional, discreet environment, near to home or to wherever their business takes them, so that their commuting time is shorter and their productivity can be maximised," said Tangarasan. "Working closer to home means reducing the daily productivity-drain represented by commuting and giving workers an opportunity to improve their work:life balance."
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