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NOTEBOOK – ONE GOOD READ: American workers are burned out, and bosses are struggling to respond


To retain their employees in 2022, corporate companies are testing out just about any strategy that may help prevent and reverse employee burnout, from allowing asynchronous schedules to switching to a four-day workweek. But the Wall Street Journal reports it’s been a process of trial and error as new work arrangements are not necessarily reducing the level of stress that workers experience. Data from Gallup surveys shows stress and burnout levels were exacerbated by the pandemic, but it had been on the rise before then. The difference is now employees know what it’s like to have more freedom over their time. Speaking of time, in another interesting read from Hustle, Mark Dent suggests the issue with the American workweek is that there is too much focus on time and hours worked. He shares the example of Best Buy implementing a Results Only Work Environment in the mid-2000s. “The goal wasn’t flex scheduling or remote work, as those designations suggest employees would merely request changes to a standard 9-to-5 style workday,” Dent wrote. “It was for employees to have complete control over their schedule, no questions asked.”

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