Flexible work routine improves the health and well-being of employees
A more flexible work environment can bring improvements to sleep quality and employee health, according to a new study from the University of Minnesota at the University of Delaware in the United States. The study used data collected from 608 employees of a US company before and after the flexibilization of the work environment. As a result, researchers looked at changes in health and healthy habits of these employees, comparing them to others who did not.
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At the end of the study, it was found that these employees:
- reported that they had slept almost one hour (52 minutes) than usual;
- Improved healthy habits, as they felt less pressure to work sick and more likely to seek a doctor when needed, even if they were busy;
- They organized better the time to perform the tasks and reduced the conflict between work and family.
All these changes have reduced the emotional exhaustion and the psychic suffering of the employees . The study reinforces the need to reflect on how work influences individuals' health and what can be done to make that interference positive.
Pleasant work also reduces obesity and smoking
Another study, conducted in Finland and published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, reveals that individuals who think they live in better work environments have fewer health risk behaviors: smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and alcohol abuse. It is worth remembering that these are the four risk factors most associated with illness and mortality in industrialized countries.
The survey analyzed more than 30,000 Finnish public servants and confirmed that psychosocial factors associated with work are able to contribute to people risk behaviors. Other research has already revealed that adverse psychological conditions at work increase the risk of obesity and excess alcohol. It has also been shown that individuals who do not have confidence in the institution they work in have greater difficulty in quitting cigarette addiction.
The corporate world is already convinced that investing in workers' health brings great economic returns. The present study demonstrates that the organizational climate can be a strong ally for health promotion.
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