Today’s employee wellbeing initiatives aren’t just about providing free fruit at work or offering discounted gym memberships. Flexibility has earned its spot among these because the benefits of flexibility are hard to deny. When employees can work remotely, for example, they don’t necessarily have to make the commute every workday, cutting down on traffic stress as well as carbon emissions. This in turn frees up lots of time for employees to do other things, whether that’s pick up their children from school or just go for a long walk outside.
When allowed to work remotely, whether just one day a week or five, and allowed to choose the days and times they work, employees are able to exert more control over what their job looks like and how it fits into their life. Importantly, incorporating flexibility into the workplace can be done regardless of rank. The effect is that everyone in a company, from the intern to the CEO can enjoy more “job control,” which studies have shown represents a significant factor in terms of determining the effect of work on mental and physical health. Flexibility is on the top of every list of today’s workplace wellbeing initiatives, and with good reason. Thankfully, this trend looks like it’s one that’s here to stay.