45% of Filipinos at work during Christmas break

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Around 45% of Filipino business people will be at work during the Christmas break, but 62% believe that they will achieve very little, a report said.

MANILA, Philippines – Around 45% of Filipino business people will be at work during the Christmas break, but 62% believe that they will achieve very little, a report said.  

Monitoring work trends, Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, surveyed over 12,000 business people in 85 countries, including the Philippines, about their intentions to work during the end of year holidays.

“Our research suggests many people are not taking full advantage of the break,” Regus regional vice president William Willems said in a statement.

The report noted that 62% of the Filipinos at work during the festive season will try to catch up on unfinished tasks as their employers face economic difficulties, business pressures and the challenges of sustainable growth.

“Are workers choosing to power through the break really producing the best value for their efforts?” Willems wrote.  

Among these respondents, 26% will be traveling into the office.

This commute time will translate to wasted precious time supposed to be spent with loved ones, as well as provide little value to their employers, Regus noted.  

This doesn’t bode well on work-life balance goals, according to Willems. “With the holiday season approaching, businesses are ever more focused on how to achieve or improve the work/life balance they offer so that workers can spend time with their loved ones.”
 
Regus promotes flexible workplaces, including virtual offices and meeting rooms. It did not specify how many of the study respondents are from the Philippines. – Rappler.com