Do You Offer Flexible Working? Here’s Why You Should
New research from Cascade HR has found that 47 per cent of workers think that flexible hours could reduce stress levels in the office.
Businesses that offer their employees flexible working hours may well find that their staff members are happier, less stressed and more productive than those working for their competitors who perhaps don’t have flexi-time as an option.
This is because new research from Cascade HR has found that 47 per cent of workers think that flexible hours could reduce stress levels in the office. Other popular ways to keep stress to a minimum include finishing early on a Friday and maintaining a friendly and caring management style.
In addition, keeping the office clean and tidy, playing music and having somewhere in the building where people can escape their desks to eat or chill out would help keep stress at bay as well.
“British employers looking to create a calmer, less stressful environment for workers don’t need to invest in dramatic overhauls of the office environment. British employees are quite content with simple environmental enhancements – whether it’s music playing in the office or simply putting some chairs and perhaps some plants or a screen, to create a quiet, separate space within the office for relaxing during break times,” CEO at the company Oliver Shaw said.
This comes as Andy Briggs – CEO of Aviva UK and Ireland Life, and the government’s new older workers’ tsar – told the Daily Telegraph that older Brits looking after frail family members are now being forced out of work because companies are not allowing them to work part-time.
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