Why Workplace Flexibility Ensures A Better Work-Life Balance

April 5, 2016

Life today is busier and more hectic than ever before.

Balancing career and personal demands is becoming harder and harder for workers, especially those that have families and children.

This is why a growing movement worldwide is gaining more momentum; workplace flexibility allows employees to work from a location preferable to them, and to set their own hours.

Employees that live in other cities or countries from the main office work from home; while those that live within a commutable distance choose whether they want to work from the office full time, or work from their home some of the time.

Having workplace flexibility greatly improves the work life balance, as explained by the website, workplaceflexibility.bc.edu.

Employees that are able to have workplace flexibility are less stressed than those who do not.

Simply put, not having to commute to work, as many workers in London can attest to, can save an hour or more of traffic daily.

Furthermore, being able to work the hours that are preferable to each person takes the additional pressure off having to accomplish multiple things at once.

Oftentimes, parents have personal responsibilities, such as doctor’s appointments, school plays and school pickup, that coincide with regular working hours.

When employees feel like their work constantly interferes with their personal responsibilities, they become dissatisfied with their job due to not having a good work life balance.

Being able to arrange one’s schedule to accommodate both professional and personal responsibilities takes off a significant amount of stress off employees.

A research study cited on the website that surveyed more than 19,000 flexible workers from industries such as finance, manufacturing, education, and pharmaceutics, found these workers to be less stressed than their peers working via the traditional route.

Furthermore, less negative spillover, “a process by which attitudes and behavior carry over from one role to another,” was found to occur when employees had flexible schedules.

For example, when individuals work in professions that are very stressful, they often come home stressed and angry, causing fights and arguments with spouses and friends.

Because individuals had more control of their lives by being able to balance personal and professional tasks more efficiently, they were not as busy and stressed out, reducing spillover into both areas.

It is clear that not all organisations can implement flexible schedules and work options to their employees.

For examples, store clerks cannot come in whenever they want and can’t work from home, as they have to be at the physical location to serve clients.

However, many other types of businesses can try to see if offering their employees this benefit will work with their corporate culture.

Many thanks

Mark Williams

Head of Training and Development

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