Home > Lifestyle > EnviroHealth > Green tips Updated 23 April 2013 The flexible office It’s Green Office Week: a good time to revisit the concept of flexitime, or the "alternative work arrangement". 0 Green Office Week logo Start A Health24 blog » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Test Are you envirohealth savvy? » Ask EnviroHealth Expert » Blood Lions: Bred for the Bullet movie trailer The amazing mountains on Pluto Alternative or flexible work arrangements can take various forms: staggering the start and end of the work day to avoid rush hour, telecommuting from home, the compressed week (fewer, but longer work days), sharing work space. All of these significantly help to reduce traffic congestion in the world's increasingly clogged cities, and thus reduce emissions and air pollution too. Further, having more options about when to clock in can improve job satisfaction, giving people an enhanced sense of control over their work lives. This, together with spending less time and money on frustrating commutes, helps lower workers' stress levels.It can also save companies on overheads. For example, a fairly new trend is for workers to share desks/computer terminals: different people use the same work station at different times, which means a company can rent a smaller, and cheaper, office space. There's an environmental advantage potentially here too, as smaller offices require less energy to keep lit and air conditioned, as well as taking up less prime urban property space. Not everyone's job is suited to this kind of greening; there are many businesses and types of work that can't alter their schedule much and require employees to be in situ. This makes it that much more important for those of us who do have some wriggle-room, to tweak the traditional 9-5 arrangement, which, in many cases, has been rendered old-fashioned and unnecessary by the internet. The 9-5 work convention does die hard in some work circles though, with employers feeling they need staff physically present to keep an eye on them. A greater focus on output and productivity rather than simply having employees "doing time" may be an important aspect of moving towards a more flexible, greener, 21st century workplace. Go to the Green Office Week (22-26 April) website for more tips on greening your workplace. Olivia Rose-Innes, EnviroHealth Editor More in Lifestyle Improved sunscreen More: EnviroHealthGreen tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.