The more control any of us feel we have over our working lives, the better we feel about work.
Dr Mark Winwood, Clinical Director of Psychological Services, Axa PPP Healthcare
What has flexible working got to do with employee well-being?
The ability to work flexibly can help people feel more in
control of their lives – and that’s more critical now than it’s ever been.
During 2018, 37% of organisations saw a rise in stress-related absence and 55%
an increase in mental health problems, according to CIPD
Why is this an issue for employers?
Well-being matters; it’s a serious issue, not a fluffy HR
nice-to-have. Any employer who cares about their employees should be concerned
by these statistics. And retention, productivity and employer reputation are
all put at risk by overstretched, unwell and unhappy staff.
So what should you do?
Work with your employees to design flexible roles that allow
them to balance their work with the rest of their lives. And encourage senior
staff to lead by example, so junior colleagues feel able to do the same. You’ll
end up with happier, healthier, more engaged staff who stay with you for
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