Study suggests flexibility in work practices

DUBAI — Commuters in the UAE spend an average of 23 minutes journeying to their workplaces, revealed Regus, a global workplace solutions provider, in a survey conducted recently. And, 79 per cent of residents opted for their own cars as the preferred mode of transport.

By Farhana Chowdhury

Published: Sun 15 Aug 2010, 12:42 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:10 AM

“Use of cars to travel has become part of the culture and norm in the UAE, and people like to have their personal space,” said Andrew Brown, Director of Regus.

Motorbikes and cycling were among the least popular forms of transport. The study compared the emirates’ results to a global average to show

the amount of time commuters spend travelling. It was also revealed that residents spend four per cent of their salary on commuting, 0.7 per cent higher than global readings. Brown said the aim of the survey was to boost work efficiency and make people look at alternative ways to travel to work and increase productivity.

“The UAE will benefit through implementing flexibility in work practices and workplace solutions which will allow staff to work closer to home. Technology is prevalent in today’s world. We want people to take advantage of that. Inefficient time lost can be used productively so employees can have time for meaningful activities like spending time at home with the family,” he said.

Brown added that the introduction of remote working and flexible timings can bring relief to commuters and also save in terms of office space and maintenance costs. —

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