Photo - John Henderson, Regus Regional Director for APAC.
Malaysian business people are as creative as their counterparts around the world when it comes to selecting their meeting places, according to a new online survey by flexible working spaces provider Regus.
Regus APAC regional director John Henderson said Malaysian executives think beyond the traditional coffee shop as the new survey of more than 26,000 respondents from 90 countries reveal some of the strangest places they ever held a business meeting, which include a convent, an old railway tunnel, a nursery and a maggot farm.
"The strange places that people find themselves in for business meetings, from bathrooms to abandoned buildings and beaches show just how open-minded and flexible people have become in the business world," said Henderson.
"The venues revealed in this research [see table below- may not be to everyone's liking, and some certainly give pause for thought in terms of safety and professionalism," he said. "Luckily for less adventurous professionals, a huge network of professional and productive meeting places is available around the world helping them focus on targets rather than their unusual surroundings."
Henderson added that some of the locations revealed by the study seem more suited to an action-packed thriller, others indicate that there's literally nowhere that businesspeople consider off-limits for a meeting. "They include in an airline hangar, on a submarine, down a mine, in an out-of-service elevator and on an old shrimper."
Although it is unlikely that landfill sites will become a hit in Malaysia any time soon a massage parlour would be far more palatable, he said.
"More common grab-a-meeting venues seem to be cars, coffee shops and hotel rooms, while planes and airports are also popular choices reflecting the international nature of business today," said Henderson.
"However, it gets curiouser: toilets and bathrooms feature while one unfortunate individual was subjected to a meeting in a hospital. On the upside, restaurants, hot tubs, beaches and boats all feature, showing that business meetings aren't always such hard work," he said.
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