In a poll of 1,800 senior managers and business owners, two fifths of respondents admitted dialling into conference calls while driving – and three quarters said they regularly make calls to colleagues or customers.
In the poll, commissioned by the workspace provider Regus, a fifth of those surveyed said they have held important business discussions, tantamount to a meeting requiring concentration and decision making, while one of them was driving. And more than one in 10 admitted to recording verbal notes using their phone while driving.
John Spencer, UK CEO at Regus, said: “The devastating consequences of being distracted whilst driving are well documented, yet our research reveals just how common it is for people to put themselves – and other road users – at risk.
“The real issue is how employers are managing their mobile workforces. Too few companies pay adequate attention to how, and where, their teams work.
“Training and clear rules – especially in regard to mobile devices – alongside practical provisions such as drop-in workspace are all essential to ensure that staff work safely and productively.”
Regus opened its first business centres on the motorway network in 2012 in order to “provide convenient stop-off points for drivers to work, make calls, print documents or hold meetings”. Since then, each of the ‘big four’ motorway service area operators has opened ‘Regus Express’ sites to help motorists work at the roadside rather than at the wheel.