News: Flexible working reduces stress

businessman yelling on the phoneWith the increasing popularity of smartphones and tablet devices for work use, flexible working has been on the rise in the last few years. And now a new study from Regus has revealed that it could help to reduce stress.

Nearly seven in ten respondents to the survey (68%) said flexible working is critical in reducing work-related stress. This could be down to the ability to work in more convenient locations or at more appropriate times to fit around other responsibilities, and reducing the need for a stressful commute to work.

Stress is a major problem in the workplace, according to the research. More than a third (38%) are losing sleep worrying about work, and 45% of employers note that stress is causing an increase in absenteeism.

The study also found that 35% of workers are worried about losing their job and 39% said their friends and family have noticed they are stressed about work.

John Spencer, CEO at Regus UK, said “The report confirms that the length of the economic downturn and stuttering recovery have put immense strain on businesses and their staff, and underlines the importance of employers taking action to address the matter. The most effective way to do this is to extend flexible working options, with seven in ten workers convinced that this increases well-being and reduces stress.”

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