A study revealed that bosses who do not accept flexible working may increase the risk of heart disease in their employees.
According to a study conducted at Harvard and Penn State universities, working at an intense pace between 9.00-18.00, which are common working hours, increases the risk of heart disease. Having more flexible working hours reduces this risk.
Researchers suggest that the heart health of employees whose work lives do not conflict with their private lives is equivalent to being ten years younger.
The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, included 1,528 people working in high- and middle-wage jobs, as well as low-wage workers.
Health information was used to calculate cardio metabolic risk score (CRS). According to the results, experts stated that the CRS value of those who worked flexibly and had a higher risk of cardiovascular disease at the beginning decreased.
THEY WON FOR 10 YEARS
These participants’ CRS values decreased by 5.5 to 10.3 years from their normal age. It was noted that employees over the age of 45 with higher CRS were more likely to benefit from flexible working.
“The research was designed to change workplace culture over time to reduce conflict between employees’ work and personal lives and improve their lives,” said Professor Orfeu Buxton, director of the Sleep, Health and Society Collaborative at Penn State.
“We now know that such changes can improve workers’ health and need to be implemented more broadly.” He made a statement.