Is flexible working the answer for combatting employee stress?

New research suggests that employees can eradicate immense levels of stress by working flexibly, reports

A poll of 4,000 employees from global workplace provider Regus found that over two-thirds (69 per cent) see flexible working as an effective way of easing work-related stress.

This comes at a time when 45 per cent of employees believe stress is increasing absenteeism in the workplace, says Regus. Thus, if companies allowed their staff to work from home or choose their own hours, they may see huge gains in productivity.

Overall, 38 per cent of the respondents admitted to losing sleep over work-related problems, while 39 per cent said their families had noticed the effect that work was having on their health.

A total of 37 per cent said they didn't suffer from stress themselves, but that the pressures of work had damaged their colleague's personal relationships.

While counselling might be a better solution in the long term, John Spencer, UK chief executive of Regus, told it was time for managers to act upon the findings immediately by rolling out flexible working in the workplace.

"The trend is in evidence across our national network, with demand for flexible workspace growing, especially at key transport hubs, as employers recognise the benefits of letting staff work at more convenient locations," he said.