A healthy level of flexibility

17 February 2010
Research has found that flexible working is good for the heart – and possibly also for mental health. The Cochrane Library, which reviews published studies, looked at 10 relevant reports covering more than 16,000 people. They discovered employees who have control over their working hours have better blood pressure and heart rates. Since last year parents with children under 16 have been able to ask for flexi-working. Previously it was only parents with very young or disabled children who could make the request. Flexi-working is not practical in all parts of the working world, but where it does make sense it need not be limited to parents – and in many cases it isn't. Does your organisation allow for flexible working? Do you think it works? Health and happiness are good reasons to alter working hours, but would simply working the hours of a standard working week be a fine thing? Let us know your thoughts. Read the BBC story here.
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