Flexible working 'reduces stress'


Flexible working 'reduces stress'
Implementing flexible working schemes can help reduce employee stress, one expert has said.

According to Ann McCracken, vice chair of the International Stress Management Association, such schemes can have a positive effect on workers as it means they can manage their day so that they are working to a timetable that suits them.

"There's a big advantage to having a job where you're working at your peak time," she noted.

She added: "Flexible working can be used very positively to manage your day better."

Ms McCracken stated that employees suffering from stress should look at the six risk factors outlined by the Health and Safety Executive and speak to their manager.

A report by the Health and Safety Executive 2006-07 survey found that 420,000 employees were experiencing work-related stress that was making them ill, while self-reported work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounts for 13.8 million lost working days each year.

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