Flexible workplaces promote better levels of productivity and sleep quality in staff, according to new research, suggesting that more businesses may now adopt flexible workplace initiatives to the advantage of both managers and employees. A flexible workplace initiative was implemented in a study by the University of Minnesota in the workplaces of 608 white-collar employees, and the findings were published in this month's Journal of Health and Social Behaviour (December 6th). The employees reported getting almost a full hour of extra sleep (52 minutes) in their divan beds on the nights before work, due to an increased sense of control over their work and family lives. They also revealed that they had increased productivity levels. Professor Phyllis Moen, joint-author of the study, said: "Our study shows that moving from viewing time at the office as a sign of productivity to emphasising actual results can create a work environment that fosters healthy behaviour and well-being. "This has important policy implications, suggesting that initiatives creating broad access to time flexibility encourage employees to take better care of themselves."