All job roles could soon become flexible by default.
Instead of employees having to request flexible working, bosses may instead need to offer a choice of predefined flexible arrangements.
This is the plan under a new bill proposed by MP Helen Whately in parliament.
She said the traditional 40-hour, five-day working week “made sense in an era of single-earner households and stay-at-home mums”, but it did not accurately reflect the reality of how people want to live and work today.
Flexible working is beneficial for a healthy work-life balance, and, as a result, beneficial for people’s mental health.
According to Powwownow’s Flexible Working survey from 2017, 67% of employees wish they were offered flexible working.
58% of people believe that working away from the office would help them be more motivated.
It doesn’t even have to be every day – just one day a week of home-working can make a difference.
A study by VitalityHealth of more than 34,000 British employees across all UK industries found that people with longer commutes were 33% more likely to suffer from depression.
These workers were also 12% more likely to report issues due to work-related stress.
Employers have a legal duty of care to look after the health, safety and welfare of their employees.
Flexible working can be a part of this, and an overall workplace wellbeing strategy.
To learn more about how to introduce wellbeing measures into your organisation, along with resilience and stress management techniques, visit the Workplace Wellbeing Strategy page here and take the free, five minute questionnaire.