Indian business travellers long for home cooked food: Survey

FE Online Posted online: Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 0000 hrs
Mumbai : Aside from missing their families and home, Indian business travellers reveal that they are very much attached to their home cooking, finds the latest survey by Regus, the global flexible workplace provider.

According to the survey, home cooking (48 per cent) is among the top three things Indians miss when travelling for work, outranking speaking their own language.

When travelling abroad for business respondents globally reported that after family (68 per cent) and their home (38 per cent), they are most likely to be hit by a bout of nostalgia over home cooking (25 per cent), rather than savouring the delights of a foreign cuisine. One in five respondents (17 per cent) also longs to speak in their own language, highlighting that some home-comforts really are irreplaceable in making people feel they belong.

Other findings highlight that:

* In India, respondents were more likely to miss their home (42 per cent) than the global average of per cent;

* Indians were also more likely to feel put-out by missing their local weather (14 per cent) than average (8per cent );

* Globally, generation X and baby boomers are less likely to be willing to travel for work with family commitments taking their toll;

* Generation X, most likely to have young children, is the most likely to miss their family (73 per cent);

* In India a fifth of respondents (22 per cent) are less willing than they were ten years ago to separate from their home comforts and travel for business.

Commenting on the results, Sahil Verma, chief operating officer – India, Regus says: “Face-to-face meetings have often been a key part of business as people need to see the expressions and body language of those they are talking to, but workers also find that over the years their priorities change. New technologies that allow workers to hold video conferences are becoming more and more common and employees are rightly starting to demand that these be offered as an alternative to travel. Reducing unnecessary travel also helps the bottom line - it significantly reduces costs and carbon footprint. By introducing a greater degree of video conferencing, businesses can can save money and the environment, as well as helping increase employee satisfaction and improve their work:life balance.”