Traffic and Meetings Cause Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Workers Most Distractions and Delays



Pharma IQ News
04/13/2015

Office-based healthcare and pharmaceutical workers’ top productivity killers identified in new Regus survey

A recent report by the world’s largest flexible workspace provider Regus has identified the biggest causes of UK healthcare and pharmaceutical professionals’ delays and distractions at work.  Of the professionals asked about interruptions to their working day, more than two fifths (43%)   identified traffic jams as a productivity killer.

In fact, travel-related grievances feature heavily in the results; transport delays (33%) and long drives to meetings (23%) were also shown to be prohibitive to workers’ productivity.

Other prominent distractions include lengthy meetings and dealing with incoming cold calls which were highlighted by 34% and 16% of respondents respectively.

For many, working from home is not the answer. When it comes to finding a productive environment to work outside of the main office, less than half (47%) suggest that being at home enables them to concentrate. However, this rises to 58% for the lucky few who are able to invest in a professional home office.Cafés, with their associated issues of lack of privacy, unreliable internet connection, and background noise, score particularly poorly at 13%.

Richard Morris, UK CEO, Regus comments: “Having the option to work from different locations can be enormously beneficial for many professionals – not least by helping them to avoid arduous commutes. However, the challenge is in finding the right environment outside of the office to allow people to remain just as, if not more, productive.

“For those without a purpose-built home office, business centres, with their professional, productive working environments, provide an answer. Not only can workers save time by choosing a location closer to home, many also find that being away from the main office means they are less interrupted by colleagues looking to have impromptu updates and meetings. Business centres allow busy workers the peace and functionality they need, when they need it.”

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