Hybrid work can enable a healthier lifestyle

IWG, plcthe world’s largest provider of flexible workspaces and hybrid work solutions with brands such as Regus and Spaces, has launched its US IWG Healthy Hybrid Lifestyle Study 2024, revealing that hybrid working has allowed the majority of workers (90%) to focus on fitness more regularly. Four in five say hybrid work allows them to live a healthier lifestyle, and nearly the same proportion (79%) say the flexibility of hybrid work supports their fitness goals.

Long commutes are often a barrier to exercise: the survey reveals that hybrid working saves employees an average of 53 minutes per day and the majority (90%) use the time they save working from home to exercise.

More than half (59%) of hybrid workers believe that having to commute to a city center office or workplace with a longer commute would negatively impact their fitness or exercise routine.

Today, nearly two-thirds (61%) of hybrid workers feel that their commute negatively impacts their ability to exercise. Of that group, seven in 10 (69%) say a 15-minute commute would increase their ability to exercise or exercise regularly.

“The latest research further validates the enormous benefits of hybrid working,” said Mark Dixon, CEO and founder of IWG. “Countless studies have shown that it has the power to make employees happier and healthier, improve productivity, and generate significant cost savings. For many employers, supporting the health and wellbeing of their people remains a top priority, and empowering employees to improve their quality of life through shorter commutes and using the time saved to engage in more physical activity to prioritize fitness is a victory. victory situation.”

Other highlights of the study are detailed below.

  • The majority (83%) of hybrid workers believe that the flexibility of hybrid work allows them to prioritize their well-being and health.
  • More than four in five workers (85%) believe that when they exercise regularly they feel more productive or focused at work.
  • If given the opportunity for a 15-minute commute, with exceptions for driving or taking public transportation, hybrid workers would consider biking (41%) or walking (37%) to work.
  • Cycling to work is even more popular among younger generations, with half (50%) of hybrid workers saying they would consider doing so if given the opportunity.
  • Nearly half (46%) of urban hybrid workers would bike to work if they had the opportunity to make a 15-minute commute.
  • Nearly a quarter (21%) of hybrid workers ages 18-24 would run to work if given the chance, while nearly half (45%) of urban hybrid workers would walk to work.
  • More than seven in 10 (72%) hybrid workers say that when looking for a new job, they consider their ability to exercise regularly.
  • Three in five (60%) hybrid workers say that when looking for a new job, they think about their potential employers’ perspective on incorporating fitness.

“As workers continue to prioritize flexibility and their own health when considering new job opportunities, hybrid work will continue to play an important role in retaining and attracting talent,” Dixon says. “Companies that recognize and adapt to the needs of their people will gain and retain key talent over the long term.”

In addition to supporting employees’ fitness routines, hybrid work models have been shown to provide additional benefits for both companies and workers. A separate IWG survey reveals that the majority (89%) of American CEOs of companies with hybrid work arrangements have witnessed cost savings as a direct result of hybrid work. The same survey finds that nearly three-quarters (72%) of CEOs also cite increased employee happiness, two-thirds (63%) report improved employee productivity, and more than half (59%) find a Greater employee retention and attraction.

Additionally, IWG research in partnership with Arup has demonstrated the benefits of hybrid working for local economies driven by changing work patterns, including additional job creation and increased spending in commuter towns.

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