Introducing flexibility can reduce sickness and absence from work, research by The Manchester School in 2015 showed a strong association between flexible schedules and reduced absence rates, even after controlling for other family friendly policies also thought to reduce absence.
Studies in the book Time Pioneers: Flexible Working, shows that Flexible workers are considerably less likely to be absent from work due to sickness and are also geared towards the avoidance of stress.
A survey by Canada Life showed that homeworkers believe their time is more productive than if they worked in an office environment. Employees working in an office took on average 3.1 days of sick leave last year whilst homeworkers only took 1.8 sick days (42% less by comparison).
In the Work and Wellbeing in the 21st Century research, by the ERPH, they state ‘The changing roles of men and women at work has had dramatic impact on how people are managed, the right to request flexible working, the long hours culture, the glass ceiling for women and other diversity issues in the workplace. The ways that work is organised and the uses made of technology are therefore critical to the wellbeing of both individuals and societies.
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