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Flexible work promotes better health

16 Dec

Researchers at Wake Forest University  have recently concluded that flex time in fact improves the health of workers.  It is a good thing.  I hope employers are reading this.

The researchers talked to 3,200 workers at a major pharmaceutical company about their health habits, quizzing executives, support staff and warehouse and production employees about sleep, exercise and the overall healthfulness of their lives. The employees also were asked whether their jobs provided the flexibility needed to meet work, personal and family commitments.

Workers who strongly agreed that they had job flexibility also were more likely to engage in healthful behaviors, the researchers report Employees with flexible schedules exercised more and attended more employer-sponsored health classes. They also were more likely than those with more regimented routines to describe themselves as living a healthful lifestyle. Surprisingly, workers who felt they had job flexibility also reported getting more sleep.

   I think this is the way forward to the future of work. People are not only workers. They have other lives e.g. parent, church, family matters recreational activities etc.  Employers must begin to look at employees in a more holistic manner. Everyone will win that way.

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