Natural Health News — A flexible workplace can improve employees’ health behaviour and well-being, including a rise in the amount and quality of sleep and better health management
That’s the conclusion of a new study which appears in the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
Under what is called a Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) programme in America, select workers at a popular discount store Best Buy’s headquarters in Minnesota have, since 2005, been able to change their work schedules based on their individual and family needs and responsibilities, without having to ask or even notify their managers.
The study’s key findings were:
The authors notes that while narrower flexibility policies allow some ‘accommodations’ for family needs, they are less likely to promote employee health and well-being or to be available to all employees.
“Our study shows that moving from viewing time at the office as a sign of productivity, to emphasizing actual results can create a work environment that fosters healthy behavior and well-being,” says researcher Phyllis Moen. “This has important policy implications, suggesting that initiatives creating broad access to time flexibility encourage employees to take better care of themselves.”
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