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Switching to a 4-Day Workweek Sounds Like a Great Idea. But Could It Actually Make Burnout Worse? It's important to help employees unplug for long-term wellbeing. When it comes to work models, consider a more holistic, balanced approach.

By Aytekin Tank

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The clamor for a shorter workweek is probably something you've read about in countless articles by now. There's even a running list of companies provided by Newsweek that have incorporated this as part of their work model.

"With staff wellbeing at the forefront of our minds, we have been experimenting with a more modern approach to work focusing entirely on outcomes rather than a more traditional input measurement," Adam Ross, Awin's chief operating officer, explained in 2021.

But as the CEO of my own company, I've also noticed an ongoing debate about how truly effective this kind of model is. I can understand why it would sound appealing. But in leading my business over the past 16 + years, I believe that without adjusting workloads, a schedule change can make burnout worse. That's why we don't have a four-day workweek.

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