Flexible working critical to ease workplace stress

More than two-thirds (69%) of respondents believe flexible working is critical in easing work-related stress, according to research by global workplace provider Regus.

Its research, which surveyed 4,000 employees, found that 45% of respondents believe stress is causing an increase in absenteeism.

The research also found:

  • 38% of respondents are losing sleep worrying about work.
  • 39% of respondents said their family and friends have noticed they are stressed by work.
  • 37% of respondents said stress is damaging their colleague’s personal relationships.

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John Spencer (pictured), UK chief executive officer of Regus, said: “This report confirms that the length of the economic downturn and stuttering recovery have put immense strain on organisations 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 wellbeing and reduces stress.

“This trend is in evidence across our national network, with demand for flexible workspace growing, especially at key transport hubs, as employers recognise the benefits of letting staff work at more convenient locations.”