Xmas office shutdown the ‘green way to go’


Offices gearing up for the festive slowdown could save energy as well as offer their staff some Christmas cheer by closing for one day.

A new study by Regus, one of the biggest providers of office space, suggests that shutting the office completely could have environmental benefits.

With one in four Britons expected to make their way into work on Monday for Christmas Eve, Regus says 31 per cent will be doing the same on the other side of the Atlantic.

However, with the advent of flexible working and remote options to work from home, Regus says its research indicates that the decision to close the office could be a realistic one.

Citing figures from Durham University and JBA in the UK, Regus estimates companies could reduce their carbon emissions by around five per cent by closing for one day per week.

"With the availability of cost-effective and flexible workplace options, such as fully furnished and equipped offices and state-of-the-art videoconferencing capabilities, companies can help themselves and the environment, by allowing employees to work from where they can be most productive," said Tom Chevins, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Regus.

If Britons are unhappy with their lot over Christmas as they work sporadic hours, they may be heartened to know Americans are planning an even stricter regime.

Almost three-quarters – 72 per cent – say they will be back at their desk on December 26th, not a public holiday in the US.