Flexible working identified as ‘key’ for employee mental health

Flexible working identified as ‘key’ for employee mental health

Demands for flexible working have been on the rise in recent times, with workers citing the typical benefits of helping with childcare and achieving a better work life balance.

However, flexible working not only makes life more convenient for many Brits, but new research also shows that it can have exceptional mental health benefits. 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, while a study by 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, only 40% of UK workers say their employers offer flexible working, and only 20% of staff are actually provided with the encouragement and support to take advantage of this opportunity.

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.”

Further information about October’s annual ‘World Mental Health Day’ and other issues around mental health can be found on the Mind website.


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