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The Impact of Flexible Working on Employee Wellbeing - Liberty Mind

The Impact of Flexible Working on Employee Wellbeing

A woman is scrunching her hands in her hair.

The relationships that we have in our lives play a significant part in our mental and emotional wellbeing.

Yet, as revealed in The Employee Reality survey I conducted, employees are left feeling guilty about attending major life events that can be critical in building strong, healthy relationships.

A graphic illustrating a company culture statistic, this details how 83% of employees have been made to feel guilty for taking time off for a major life event.

As humans we have an inherent desire to be close to others. To build relationships and connect with people. It is part of our survival as a species. When we feel disconnected from others, we begin to feel isolated, depressed and anxious.

Relationships not only make us happy, but they influence our long-term health. Enabling us to get enough rest, eat well and feel less stressed.

In Harvard’s longest study on happiness, it was found that even when we are in poor-health, pain is felt less when we are being cared for by a loved one.

If relationships have such a critical impact on our wellbeing, why are we creating organisations that are limiting them?

A graphic illustration of a company culture statistic, highlighting the importance of flexible working.

When asked about the how flexible working would impact their lives, 44% of respondents in The Employee Reality survey said that flexible working would help them to feel less stressed.

While 13% said it would enable them to care for a loved one, and 17% said that flexible working would give them the opportunity to have a hobby.

Whether we are seeking to bond with our family and friends, or give ourselves more time to enjoy fulfilling activities, flexible working needs to be seen as a life-essential policy for our human wellbeing, rather than just an optional extra.

Read and download the flexible working whitepaper here.


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    About The Author

    Lizzie Benton is a people and culture specialist who supports organisations in developing a unique company culture and building engaged teams. Lizzie has been recognised as a millennial changing the world of work, and has been featured in the Metro, HuffingtonPost and has spoken across the UK on employee engagement. When not consulting or running a workshop, Lizzie can be found in rural Lincolnshire enjoying afternoon tea and fresh air.