Could archive document storage improve your workers’ wellbeing?

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Research shows remote working puts staff in charge of their own workload.

Allowing employees to work remotely by way of accessing archive document storage could improve their health and wellbeing, according to new research.

The study, published in the US Journal of Health and Social Behavior, found those who worked from home had more and better sleep and improved their health management, becoming less likely to feel obliged to work when they were ill and more likely to visit a doctor.

Staff working away from the main office were also less stressed because they felt more in control of their workload and were therefore able to get more sleep, feel more energetic and less exhausted.

Phyllis Moen, one of the co-authors of the study, commented: "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 behaviour and wellbeing.

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

"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," added co-researcher Erin Kelly.

Meanwhile, the British Library has embraced electronic document storage by putting four million pages of newspapers dating back from the 18th and 19th centuries online for the benefit of the public.

People will now be able to use the organisation’s secure online document storage system to search for content published by 200 titles in Britain and Ireland.

Head of newspapers Ed King told the BBC that the move has opened up the collection of publications "as never before".

"Rather than having to view the items on site at the library, turning each page, people across the UK and around the world will be able to explore for themselves the goldmine of stories and information contained in these pages," he added.
 

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