For many professionals the office-based 9-5 is a thing of the past. Instead, completing tasks whilst travelling to meetings or on the commute, for example, has become normal practice. But how can you ensure that you remain productive? Here Richard Morris, UK CEO of global workspace provider Regus, offers some tips for working effectively whilst on the move.
Make the most of your travel time
As well as using train and plane journeys to work, think about how to make the most of your time before and after travel. Most major airports now have facilities like business lounges, and Gatwick even has individual workpods situated airside, which offer a quiet, productive environment to concentrate in. These locations will help you to make the most of your time if your flight is delayed, for example.
Think carefully about meeting locations
It’s easy to assume that meetings are best held at your usual office, or that of your client. However, this might not necessarily be the most convenient location. Meeting rooms are available to book by the hour at a wide range of places including motorway service stations, hotels and even shopping centres. Using one of these settings could mean reduced travel time – and therefore higher productivity – for all concerned.
Use professional locations wherever possible
Flexible working used to mean dropping into coffee shops or sitting in hotel lobbies, and putting up with the accompanying background noise and constant interruptions. However, the abundance of professional workspaces means this need no longer be the case. Using a flexible office location or business lounge means you’ll have reliable technology and an ergonomic environment to maximise your productivity.
Stay safe on the road
In a poll we commissioned in 2014, two fifths of respondents admitted to having dialled into conference calls whilst driving and a fifth said they had held important business discussions whilst on the road.
The best way to ensure safety on the road is to turn your phone off, but at the very least you should use a hands free kit or ensure you pull over safely to take calls. Drop-in workspaces are available at some motorway services offering a convenient spot to take a break from driving and handle any urgent tasks.
Regus is the global workspace provider with several locations in Wiltshire, including one at Leigh Delamere Services on the M4.
To find out more about Regus visit: www.regus.co.uk/express