September 14, 2011
Workers who are allowed to divide their responsibilities between work and home may be more likely to have a balance between their professional and personal lives, leading to reduced stress and better productivity, according to a Forbes article.
Flexible scheduling may involve working four 10-hour days per week or telecommuting two days and coming into the office for the remainder of the workweek. The point is, the employee gets to decide what is best for them.
“When you enjoy your work environment and you aren't stressed out about getting other things done, you are more productive,” said Tammy Hunter, a worker who is allowed to make her own schedule, quoted by the news source.
According to researchers at Portland Community College in Oregon, organizations that establish work schedules that allow staff members to meet demands and responsibilities outside of the job are likely to reduce or avoid workplace stress.
Additionally, employee wellness programs that provide tools and resources for stress management are known to decrease anxiety in the office, thereby strengthening employee performance and improving a company's bottom line.