UK banking and finance 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 banking and finance professionals’ delays and distractions at work.  Of the professionals asked about interruptions to their working day, nearly two fifths (39%) identified transport delays as a productivity killer.

Transport Delays And Meetings Waste Most Time For Finance Workers
Transport Delays And Meetings Waste Most Time For Finance Workers

In fact, travel-related grievances feature heavily in the results; traffic jams (32%) and transport strikes (16%) were also shown to be prohibitive to finance workers’ productivity.

Other prominent distractions include lengthy meetings and dealing with incoming cold calls which were highlighted by 39% and 21% 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 two fifths (39%) suggest that being at home enables them to concentrate. However, this rises to 62% 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 just 8%.


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Richard Morris
Richard Morris

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.”