Could Flexible Working Help Improve Your Health?

My Whole Brain is Crying

Having a colleague feel under the weather can throw office morale into chaos.
Avoid these dangers with flexible working!

The advantages of a flexible working schedule for attaining a strong work/life balance are well publicised. Furthermore, flexibility in the working day may have a positive effect on worker’s productivity and overall morale. But could flexible working have benefits for our health? Here are some of the ways in which flexible working may help to improve your health, and overall wellbeing.

Obesity/ High Blood Pressure:

In the western world we are far too sedentary, in that we spend a disproportionate amount of time resting and sitting down, rather than being active. Modern life means that exercise is largely removed from our daily routine, and a 9 to 5 office job could leave you feeling too exhausted to even contemplate an invigorating post-work gym session. This has a direct knock-on effect for our health, leading to obesity and high blood pressure.

How Flexible Working Could Help:

Use flexible working to instil a healthier routine, incorporating exercise. A flexible schedule may be adopted to make time for a gym. Alternatively, flexible working would allow for frequent breaks within the working day, to make time for short walks. Flexibility is key to consciously making time to get active on a regular basis

Top Tip: Invest in one of these amazing treadmill desks. This will force you to stay active while getting on top of your tasks for the week!

RSI/ Back Pain/ Muscular Pain

RSI is a serious problem among those who spend all day slouched in front of a computer. Working in a communal office means that we can’t control the height of our desk and monitor in relation to our eye-level, which can lead to straining and muscle pain. Furthermore, office chairs can often be uncomfortable, not ideal for comfort during long periods of time.

How Flexible Working Could Help:

Remote working or working from home will allow you to have total control over your work environment.  Use the opportunity to invest in an ergonomic home office, including a good-quality high-backed chair and a monitor positioned at an appropriate height for your eyeline (for more information, see this guide). Lighting is also hugely important in adapting your workspace to your own personal requirements.

Stress/Depression

The pressures of a crushing work schedule frequently lead to depression and stress at work.  On a large scale, Depression and stress-related absence is a national problem, costing the UK millions each year.

How Flexible Working Could Help:

Make you feel more motivated and productive. This, in turn, may cause you to feel more valued at work, boosting self-esteem and career satisfaction. Flexible hours could enable you to juggle work and life commitments more effectively, decreasing stress and feelings of overwhelm. If there is the risk that working from home could exacerbate feelings of isolation, you could consider joining a collective which enables flexible working professionals to work together in agile office environments.

Stomach Bugs/Colds:

Viral illness is one of the hazards of working in an office. Coughs and colds spread rapidly amongst colleagues, reluctant to take time off work to fully recover from their ailments.

How Flexible Working Could Help:

Working from home is a good way of countering presenteeism in the workplace, as it allows employees to stay at home until they are fully recovered from viral illnesses, minimising the risk of spreading the germs. Also, the rise in BYOD (bring your own device) may help to reduce the risk of catching stomach bugs from germs on communal phones and computer keyboards.

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