Regus Holiday Work Habits Survey Finds Americans Working '9 to 5' During the Holidays

Some Working Americans Plan to Enjoy Shopping Online, Leaving Early



Dec 17, 2007, 00:00 ET from The Regus Group

    DALLAS, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- If Perry Como was recording
 "I'll Be Home for Christmas" today, he might have to expand the lyrics to
 include, "I'll Be Home the Day Before Christmas." According to a survey by
 The Regus Group, the world's largest provider of fully furnished and
 equipped offices, nearly half (49 percent) of all Americans will be out of
 the office on December 24 this year. Even with many offices sitting
 half-empty, the majority of employees who will work on Christmas Eve plan
 to work from their corporate office (79 percent).
 
 
Many Americans Spending the Holidays At Work, Not Home Percentage of Americans working on: -- December 24 (51 percent) -- December 26 (72 percent) -- December 27 (87 percent) -- December 28 (87 percent) -- December 31 (67 percent) -- January 1 (21 percent) However, Americans who will be at the office during the holidays may not actually get work done. When asked which movie best describes their attitude toward working over the Christmas holiday period, survey respondents selected:
-- "9 to 5" (31 percent) -- "The Secret of My Success" (17 percent) -- "Slackers" (8 percent) -- "Groundhog Day" (8 percent) -- "Gone in 60 Seconds" (5 percent) The Regus Holiday Work Habits survey highlights how even in the Internet age many employees, and their employers, still have Stone Age work practices, expecting employees to be productive in just one place -- the office. In addition to a lack of productivity on this pre-holiday day, there is a cost to the environment with heating, lighting and power for offices operating with a skeleton staff. Flexible working benefits the environment by lowering the amount of carbon emissions created by commuting. According to recent research by Durham University and JBA in the UK, companies could reduce their carbon emissions by around 5 percent by simply closing the office for one day per week and enabling staff to work flexibly. "With the availability of cost-effective and flexible workplace options, such as fully furnished and equipped offices and state-of-the-art videoconferencing capabilities, companies can help themselves and the environment, by allowing employees to work from where they can be most productive," said Tom Chevins, senior vice president of sales and marketing for The Regus Group. Still, back-to-the-office will come quickly after Christmas for most Americans, with nearly three-fourths (72 percent) saying they'll be back at work on December 26. An unlucky few -- one out of five (21 percent) -- say they'll be working on New Year's Day. While in the office during the holidays, here's what American workers say they'll be doing:
-- Working as hard as possible (48 percent) -- Catching up on neglected tasks, like filing (41 percent) -- Coming in late and/or leaving early (14 percent) -- Arranging next year's work calendar (12 percent) -- Shopping online (11 percent) Some Americans like using the holiday period to prepare for another busy year, as nearly two out five (38 percent) say they enjoy getting caught up at work during the holidays. Not having someone looking over your shoulder may be another perk, as nearly 20 percent said they enjoy feeling less pressure without the boss around. About the research The research was conducted as an online survey using GMI's omnibus panel between November 16 and November 21, 2007. The survey was conducted among 1,635 people in the United States. GMI (Global Market Insite, Inc.) provides integrated solutions for global market intelligence. GMI currently has a consumer panel reach of 13 million households in 200 countries and territories. Contact details for GMI in the UK: GMI, Exchange Plaza 58, Uxbridge Road, 3rd Floor, London, W5 2ST. +44(0)20 8231 0542 or online at http://www.gmi-mr.com or email us at info@gmi-mr.com. About The Regus Group The Regus Group is the world's leading provider of workplace solutions, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the largest network of videoconferencing studios. The Regus Group delivers a new way to work, whether it's from home, on the road or from an office. Clients such as Google, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Nokia and Accenture join thousands of growing small and medium businesses that benefit from outsourcing their office and workplace needs to The Regus Group, allowing them to focus on their core business. Over 200,000 clients a day benefit from Regus Group facilities spread across a global footprint of 950 locations in 400 cities and 70 countries, which allows individuals and companies to work wherever, however and whenever they want to. For more information, visit http://www.regus.com.

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    DALLAS, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- If Perry Como was recording
 "I'll Be Home for Christmas" today, he might have to expand the lyrics to
 include, "I'll Be Home the Day Before Christmas." According to a survey by
 The Regus Group, the world's largest provider of fully furnished and
 equipped offices, nearly half (49 percent) of all Americans will be out of
 the office on December 24 this year. Even with many offices sitting
 half-empty, the majority of employees who will work on Christmas Eve plan
 to work from their corporate office (79 percent).
 
 
Many Americans Spending the Holidays At Work, Not Home Percentage of Americans working on: -- December 24 (51 percent) -- December 26 (72 percent) -- December 27 (87 percent) -- December 28 (87 percent) -- December 31 (67 percent) -- January 1 (21 percent) However, Americans who will be at the office during the holidays may not actually get work done. When asked which movie best describes their attitude toward working over the Christmas holiday period, survey respondents selected:
-- "9 to 5" (31 percent) -- "The Secret of My Success" (17 percent) -- "Slackers" (8 percent) -- "Groundhog Day" (8 percent) -- "Gone in 60 Seconds" (5 percent) The Regus Holiday Work Habits survey highlights how even in the Internet age many employees, and their employers, still have Stone Age work practices, expecting employees to be productive in just one place -- the office. In addition to a lack of productivity on this pre-holiday day, there is a cost to the environment with heating, lighting and power for offices operating with a skeleton staff. Flexible working benefits the environment by lowering the amount of carbon emissions created by commuting. According to recent research by Durham University and JBA in the UK, companies could reduce their carbon emissions by around 5 percent by simply closing the office for one day per week and enabling staff to work flexibly. "With the availability of cost-effective and flexible workplace options, such as fully furnished and equipped offices and state-of-the-art videoconferencing capabilities, companies can help themselves and the environment, by allowing employees to work from where they can be most productive," said Tom Chevins, senior vice president of sales and marketing for The Regus Group. Still, back-to-the-office will come quickly after Christmas for most Americans, with nearly three-fourths (72 percent) saying they'll be back at work on December 26. An unlucky few -- one out of five (21 percent) -- say they'll be working on New Year's Day. While in the office during the holidays, here's what American workers say they'll be doing:
-- Working as hard as possible (48 percent) -- Catching up on neglected tasks, like filing (41 percent) -- Coming in late and/or leaving early (14 percent) -- Arranging next year's work calendar (12 percent) -- Shopping online (11 percent) Some Americans like using the holiday period to prepare for another busy year, as nearly two out five (38 percent) say they enjoy getting caught up at work during the holidays. Not having someone looking over your shoulder may be another perk, as nearly 20 percent said they enjoy feeling less pressure without the boss around. About the research The research was conducted as an online survey using GMI's omnibus panel between November 16 and November 21, 2007. The survey was conducted among 1,635 people in the United States. GMI (Global Market Insite, Inc.) provides integrated solutions for global market intelligence. GMI currently has a consumer panel reach of 13 million households in 200 countries and territories. Contact details for GMI in the UK: GMI, Exchange Plaza 58, Uxbridge Road, 3rd Floor, London, W5 2ST. +44(0)20 8231 0542 or online at http://www.gmi-mr.com or email us at info@gmi-mr.com. About The Regus Group The Regus Group is the world's leading provider of workplace solutions, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the largest network of videoconferencing studios. The Regus Group delivers a new way to work, whether it's from home, on the road or from an office. Clients such as Google, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Nokia and Accenture join thousands of growing small and medium businesses that benefit from outsourcing their office and workplace needs to The Regus Group, allowing them to focus on their core business. Over 200,000 clients a day benefit from Regus Group facilities spread across a global footprint of 950 locations in 400 cities and 70 countries, which allows individuals and companies to work wherever, however and whenever they want to. For more information, visit http://www.regus.com. SOURCE The Regus Group