Flexible work schedule increases quality of sleep and better employee health management according to University of Minnesota study, published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

"Our study shows that moving from viewing time at the office as a sign of productivity, to emphasizing actual results can create a work environment that fosters healthy behavior and well-being," said Dr. Phyllis Moen, University of Minnesota professor of sociology.

Researchers analyzed information amongst 600 white-collar employees before and after the flexible workplace initiative. Employees on the program had changes in health behaviors and outcomes compared to those who did not participate.

The flexible workplace initiative targeted results only work environment and focused on measurable results compared to regular work schedules. Employees were allowed to routinely change when and where they worked based on individual needs and job responsibilities

Employees on the flexible workplace initiative increased scheduling, reducing work -family conflict, improved quality of sleep, energy levels, self-reported health and decreased 'emotional and physical distress.'

"Narrower flexibility policies allow some 'accommodations' for family needs, but are less likely to promote employee health and well-being or to be available to all employees," said Erin Kelly, co-author of the study.

"This has important policy implications, suggesting that initiatives creating broad access to time flexibility encourage employees to take better care of themselves," said Moen