Flexible working not only makes life more convenient for many Brits, but new research also shows that it can improve both health and productivity
Demands for flexible working have been on the rise with workers finding that it helps with making time to look after children and also maintain a better work-life balance. Recently, Conservative MP Helen Whateley introduced a bill to make flexible working a default option for all workers.
Research by Wildgoose found that nearly 40% of people under the age of 45 who have flexible working believe it has markedly improved their mental health. Furthermore, Unum found that 42% of employees who have been diagnosed with cancer state that being offered reduced or flexible hours is one of the most valuable ways employers can help support them through treatment.
Although there is a high demand for flexible working, it is not a possibility for all. According to Salesforce, 40% of UK workers say their employers do offer flexible working, but only 20% of staff are provided with the technology to support it.
Nick Woodward, CEO of ETZ Payments, offers the following commentary:
“The benefits of flexible working are becoming more and more publicised and it is clear that many view it as vital for their mental health. If companies want to attract and retain the best talent available, they should look to offer flexible working options to all employees. Furthermore, they should make sure that they have the technology in place that allows workers to work in this malleable manner. This will ensure that your workforce stay happy and productive.”