Workplace Flexibility and Health

Contemporary life presents new challenges for men and women attempting to balance the ever more complex demands of family and work and for employers attempting to adjust to changes in the economy, the nature of work, and the workforce.  All of these changes can act independently or in concert to positively or negatively affect the health and stress levels of the workers themselves or the health and stress levels of their family members.

Workplace flexibility is a key response to this cultural shift and offers a myriad of potential benefits, including many directly related to individual health and well-being.  For example, researchers have found that employees with flexible work arrangements have better health and lower levels of stress than those without such flexibility. By mitigating work-life stress, workplace flexibility benefits the health and well-being of the worker, which in turn benefits the worker’s family and employer.

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