47% believe flexible working hours can reduce workplace stress

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Just under half (47%) of respondents believe that the introduction of flexible working hours would help to reduce workplace stress, according to research by Cascade HR.

Its Stress report 2016, which surveyed 1,011 UK full and part-time employees, also found that 39% of respondents would value an early finish on Fridays to help combat workplace stress.

The research also found:

  • 35% of respondents feel financial rewards such as a cash bonus would help to tackle stress at work, and 34% believe holidays in lieu would reduce stress levels.
  • 14% of respondents experience stress at work every day.
  • 20% of respondents carry work stress home with them.
  • 18% of respondents believe an office gym could help combat stress at work, and 21% think that an office masseur would have a positive impact on workplace stress levels.
  • 29% of respondents would value a space away from their desks to relax, and 27% would prefer a separate area to eat during breaks.

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Oliver Shaw (pictured), chief executive officer at Cascade HR, said: “It is interesting to see that the measures that employers can take which have the most significant impact on reducing workplace stress are actually relatively achievable and inexpensive.

“British employers looking to create a calmer, less stressful environment for [employees] don’t need to invest in dramatic overhauls of the office environment. British employees are quite content with simple environmental enhancements; whether it’s music playing in the office or simply putting some chairs and perhaps some plants or a screen, to create a quiet, separate space within the office for relaxing during break times.”