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Business owners urged to adopt flexible working schemes

Business owners have been urged to adopt flexible working schemes in order to reduce stress levels at their workplace.

Dr. Rena Rasch, who is the research director at the Kenexa High Performance Institute (KHPI), has claimed that adopting such schemes should be simple considering the range of technology which can help business owners communicate with employees.

In an interview with hrreview.com, she encouraged businesses to use this technology to make their workplace more productive and stress-free.

She said: “Stress is associated with a wide range of health problems, which can increase absenteeism and reduce an employee’s ability to focus. Flexing work schedules should be possible in the vast majority of cases, particularly with the technology we have today to keep in touch.”

A number of firms have already invested in equipment such as telepresence or video conferencing solutions to make flexible working schemes easier to implement – and a poll completed by KHPI has suggested that employees taking advantage of this are happier in their workplace.

According to employeebenefits.co.uk, the poll showed that flexible workers were three times less likely to report unreasonable stress levels at work and more than twice as likely to not be searching for a new job.