Canadians On Brink of Stress Overload
Stress levels are mounting in the workplace as a result of feeling deskbound and under-resourced. With a significant percentage of people believing that flexible and freelance workers enjoy a better work-life balance, offering flexible working option will bring a number of benefits including improved productivity and employee well-being. This is what the future of work looks like.
As office tensions rise, is flexibility the answer to reduce stress?
Office life has never been more stressful with over half of the global workforce (53%) saying they are closer to burning out than they were just five years ago. In Canada, almost half (46%) say they are more stressed than five years ago.
Regus canvassed 22,000 business people in more than 100 countries worldwide about their work environment and the results found the top triggers of workplace stress are feeling understaffed, unreliable IT, and lack of exercise.
Can flexible working reduce stress?
65% believe flexible workers are better off;
70% of workers are happier when working outside of the main office.
According to the survey, many workers believe one way of easing the tension associated with demanding jobs is a break from the main office–at least some of the time. A significant majority of Canadian respondents–76%–found a change of scenery such as working from another location to be a good stress reliever.
In fact, having the freedom to work away from the main office from time to time is now seen as a key factor in achieving a good work-life balance with 65% of respondents believing flexible workers are better off. The experiences of those lucky enough to be able to work flexibly further support this finding with a whooping 70% saying that they are happier now that they work outside the main office some of the time.
Similarly, freelance workers also tend to be more relaxed according to the research with 47% of those surveyed believe freelance workers, with their freedom to change location and set their own hours, are less stressed than regular staff.
“Stress levels are mounting in the workplace as a result of feeling deskbound and under-resourced,” said Wayne Berger, VP of Regus Canada. “With a significant percentage of people believing that flexible and freelance workers enjoy a better work-life balance, offering flexible working option will bring a number of benefits including improved productivity and employee well-being. This is what the future of work looks like.”
Regus is the global workplace provider.
Its network of more than 2,000 business centres in 104 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.
The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.8 million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.
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