Flexible working shouldn’t mean “Always On”


A survey of 2,000 workers carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found two out of five regularly dealt with texts or emails outside working hours. Almost one in five said it made them feel anxious and was affecting their sleep.

Claire McCartney of the CIPD, said: “Flexible working has an important role to play in modern workplaces, and remote access to work can open up the jobs market to those who may not have been able to access it before.”

“However, a lack of clarity and guidance for employees around remote working can cultivate an environment where some employees feel unable to physically or mentally switch off. This can have adverse effects on employee well-being and their engagement with the organisation, as well as their productivity at work.”

“Employers therefore need to have a clear approach to remote working as well as create a wider enabling culture, where employees feel trusted and empowered to take ownership of their work, but also able to speak out if they are struggling.”

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