Valentine's Day? Forget flowers, just spend some TIME with me!!
Regus Press Release
Hong Kong -- Regus, the global flexible workplace provider, is encouraging commuters to spend more time with their loved ones this Valentine's Day to boost both personal and professional relationships.
Spending less time on commuting leaves more time for romance – and the other important things in life. According to a global Regus survey of businesspeople, this is certainly a priority: 75% of respondents said they would spend more time with family if they could save time on their daily commute.
For those who drive to work, cutting the commute spells environmental benefits as well; the same poll found that 46% of people think a shorter drive to work is the easiest way for firms to reduce their carbon footprint.
Valentine's Day marks the perfect opportunity to implement this kind of change, because the time saved, if spent on something more romantic instead, could itself be the perfect gift for that special someone. Research last year revealed that many people get it wrong when it comes to Valentine's Day gifts. The survey found a marked discrepancy between the present people planned to give and the one their partner wanted. Only 20% of people, for example, actually wanted flowers.
A better way to put a smile on your loved one's face may simply be to spend a little more time at home – not just on Valentine's Day, but at other times too. Among the ill-effects of working long hours and lengthy commutes are stress, loneliness and exhaustion – hardly conducive to keeping the romance alive. A study in Sweden even found that couples in which one partner commutes long distances to work are more likely to divorce.
"People around the world wish they had more time and energy to devote to relationships and family," said John Henderson, Chief Finance Officer, Regus Asia-Pacific. "Meanwhile, employers want to boost workforce productivity. These two goals may seem incompatible, but they're not. In fact, they can both be achieved relatively easily, by giving employees more flexibility over their schedules and offering them options for doing their job closer to home.
"Businesses that offer flexible work options tell us they see huge benefits. For example, 75% of Hong Kong respondents in a recent study reported a direct link between flexible working and increased productivity. Companies that enable staff to spend some extra time with loved ones this Valentine's Day might experience some unexpected benefits."
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 Credit Donkey, “Survey: Valentine’s Day Statistics 2013”.
 Science Daily, “Long-distance commuters get divorced more often, Swedish study finds”, 25 May 2011.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Regus is the global workplace provider.
Its network of more than 1,800 business centres in 100 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.
The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.5 million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.
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