Can you name the 3 top causes of stress?
Overall, across the UK, the top three causes of stress in people’s lives are: money worries (22%), the nature of their job, for example, pressure or working hours (22%), and family and relationship issues (20%). These key findings come from the CIPD’s new survey on commuting and flexible working. The research reveals that the use of flexible working has a big impact on employees’ attitudes to work–life balance, with 65% of flexible workers satisfied or very satisfied with their work–life balance, compared with 47% of employees who don’t work flexibly.
Are you allowing your employees to work flexibly?
Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs, e.g. having flexible start and finish times, or working from home. All employees have the legal right to request flexible working – not just parents and carers. This is known as ‘making a statutory application’.
Employees must have worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks to be eligible.
There are different ways of working flexibly.
Job sharing – Two people do one job and split the hours.
Working from home – It might be possible to do some or all of the work from home or anywhere else other than the normal place of work.
Part time – Working less than full-time hours (usually by working fewer days).
Compressed hours – Working full-time hours but over fewer days.
Flexitime – The employee chooses when to start and end work (within agreed limits) but works certain ‘core hours’, eg 10am to 4pm every day.
Annualised hours – The employee has to work a certain number of hours over the year but they have some flexibility about when they work. There are sometimes ‘core hours’ which the employee regularly works each week, and they work the rest of their hours flexibly or when there’s extra demand at work.
Staggered hours – The employee has different start, finish and break times from other workers.
Phased retirement – Default retirement age has been phased out and older workers can choose when they want to retire. This means they can reduce their hours and work part time.
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