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If you’ve never had a flexible work schedule, you probably don’t understand what all the fuss is about. After all, you’ve been gracing the office from 9am to 5pm every day of your career without fail. Sure, you frequently feel tired, anxious, and stretched too thin, but that’s work, right? Actually, no. It doesn’t have to be that way.

In recent years, many City of Seattle jobs have shifted to a flexible schedule. Now that you’re searching for new opportunities, do yourself a favor and focus on those with companies willing to help you strike a solid work-life balance.

Three Reasons Your Mental Health Will Improve with a Flexible Work Schedule

A flexible work schedule comes in many different forms — i.e., remote work, flextime, compressed work week — but all offer the same healthy lifestyle benefits. Find out what you have to gain from this type of arrangement.

Shorten Your Commute

Whether you travel to and from work by car, train, or bus, you probably get anxious by the sheer volume of people sharing your journey during prime rush hour. When you have a flexible work schedule, you can minimize this — or completely avoid it with remote work — by coming into the office at a time that suits you. Opt to beat the crowds with an early schedule or wait them out by holding later hours.

Spend More Time With Loved Ones

Quality time with family and friends is a great way to boost your mental health, but a rigid work schedule can easily put a wrench in that. The ability to create your own schedule allows you to work around your loved ones. For example, you can arrange your work hours to ensure you’re able to drop your kids off at school in the mornings and pick them up in the evenings.

Become More Productive

It’s hard to focus on work when you’re constantly distracted by office chatter or exhausted from getting up at an early hour your body just can’t handle. When you’re able to set your own schedule, you can do so in a way that maximizes your productivity. For example, if you like to stay up late, get a solid night’s sleep, come into the office at 10am and stay until 6pm. No matter how you do it, a flexible schedule can help you feel better and become more efficient.

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