Workplace flexibility associated with reduced absences

April 25th, 2008 - 3:58 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, April 25 (IANS) Employees who reported increased flexibility at the workplace also had fewer absences for illness and improved job commitment. Workplace flexibility refers to a workers’ ability to modify where, when and how long job-related work is performed. There are two main types of flexibility: location, such as telecommuting, and schedule and job sharing.

These results, based on a health survey of 3,193 employees of a large multinational pharmaceutical, are reported in the current issue of the Psychologist-Manager Journal.

“This study provides evidence that flexibility is associated with health or well-being over time,” said Joseph G. Grzywacz of Wake Forest University and co-author of the study. “For managers, the results suggest that implementing flexible work arrangements can contribute to the bottom-line.”

“These results strengthen the evidence suggesting that programmes and policies that promote flexibility in the workplace may have beneficial health effects for workers,” said Grzywacz.

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