Flexible working hours could be the ideal remedy to health risks associated with regular office jobs, new research suggests.
The survey of over 3,000 UK workers found that over half say they are more ‘mindful’ and able to assess their levels of well-being better as a result of flexible work.
According to the research by Regus, 70% of respondents believe working closer to home also helps improve their health.
When asked about their attitudes and approaches to work, the majority of people said that remote working would also encourage them to go to the gym more often.
Richard Morris, UK CEO of Regus said: “The latest reports on the risks of a sedentary office lifestyle confirm what many professionals have long suspected. The fixed-office, fixed-hours working day is beneficial to neither mind nor body.
“Surely, responsible businesses must re-think their attitudes to staff well-being. Encouraging staff to be active and to take breaks throughout the day is one thing – and innovations like standing desks can be useful.
“But our report shows the bigger issue is to tackle the commuting/9-5 model and to allow more flexibility into the working day. The working culture must develop in order for real health benefits to register.”
A recent study by medical journal, The Lancet, highlighted the risks to health by working at a desk all day and recommended at least an hour of physical activity a day is needed to balance sitting for eight hours. Regus suggest that flexible working hours may be the solution for this.
Research from Direct 365, facilities and building maintenance specialists, found that flexible working hours are the most desired among UK employees, as 35% of participants listed it as their top perk.
However, the company also found that one in three people were concerned about losing the traditional office environment if more employees worked remotely.
A survey of 1,500 teenagers also presented the down-side to working from home, as 69% say it’s important to meet people face to face if you are working with them. The research by Fuze also found around two thirds wish to work as part of a team.
It seems as though remote working isn’t going to disappear any time soon though, as over 4.2 million people purely work from home in the UK currently and advantages in technology continue to ease flexible working.