Flexible workers are less stressed
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6th March 2014
A new survey from Regus has shown that more than half of
employers are reporting an increase in stress-related illness in the
workplace since the economic downturn began, but, that flexible working
can actually reduce work-related stress.
Stress-related illness can cause or aggravate a number of
health conditions such as depression and heart disease. The latest
research among 4,000 businesses found that 38% of people were losing
sleep worrying about work, with 45% of employers seeing an increase in
absenteeism due to stress. However 69% felt that flexible working went
a long way to reducing stress.
Other findings included:
- 35% of respondents were worried about losing their job;
- 38% felt less confident about the sector they worked in;
- 39% reported that family and friends had noticed they were
stressed by work;
- 37% said that stress was damaging the personal
relationships of a colleague.
John Spencer, Regusís UK CEO said: "This report confirms that
the length of the economic downturn and stuttering recovery have put
immense strain on businesses and their staff." The most effective way
to tackle this, he said, is to "extend flexible working options, with
seven in ten workers convinced that this increases wellbeing and
reduces stress. This trend is in evidence across our national network,
as employers recognise the benefits of letting staff work at more
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