The power of freedom at work

‘The interplay between employee wellbeing, work-life balance and performance brings into play factors such as organisational commitment, enthusiasm, energy and satisfaction.’ This is one of the findings of research into flexible working by the Cranfield School of Management (CSM), and shows just how much staff value the freedom that such work arrangements offer.


Enhanced wellbeing affects performance with staff in a sense ‘repaying’ their organisation with improved levels of motivation and drive, according to this study by CSM, the business school of Cranfield University. Allowing staff the freedom to choose how and when they work, and what work they do, is a significant benefit that helps companies to attract and retain staff. This study also reported that, over time, workers adapted their working arrangement to meet both changing job demands and evolving demands from home.

Technology is key in making flexible working possible, with ease of communication valued over location. Companies that offer this level of freedom at work emphasise outcomes, rather than the need to be present in ‘office hours’. This helps to reduce ‘presenteeism’ – a cause of low productivity that is associated with traditional, restrictive work cultures.

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