Study: Shorter work week to decrease burnout?

Could a four-day workweek be on tap for many Americans? That is a key finding from new Eagle Hill Consulting data. Researchers polled American workers about pandemic work and personal habits. Among the more interesting findings is this: 83% of workers say changing to a 4 day work week would lessen burnout.

This is increasingly important as many businesses are noticing higher rates of burnout since the pandemic began. According to Eagle Hill’s data employers have seen burnout in more than half (53%) of their workers, with higher rates of burnout in younger workers (62%).

“Employee burnout was simmering even before the pandemic, and now it’s boiled over for more than half of workers. It’s simply an unsustainable situation for a business when burnout is rising and the labor shortage continues. This means leaders must fully understand what is working and what isn’t for employees, and then collaborate on specific solutions that will work for an organization’s business strategy and the workforce,” said Melissa Jezior, president and chief executive officer of Eagle Hill Consulting.

Key findings from the report include:

• 56% of women and 51% of men say they are experiencing burnout
• 52% blame increased workloads for burnout, 44% cite lack of communication
• 35% say their work/life balance has been disrupted
• 84% say more flexibility at work would lessen burnout

An increased focus on health/wellness (78%) and reduced administrative burdens (76%) were also seen as resolutions to employee burnout.

About one-third of employees say they’ll leave their current job within the next year, that is up about 5% YoY.

Additional insights from Eagle Hill’s report can be found here.

Nov 23, 2021 | 09:11 pm


Kristina Knight is a freelance writer based in Ohio, United States. She began her career in radio and television broadcasting, focusing her energies on health and business reporting. After six years in the industry, Kristina branched out on her own. Since 2001, her articles have appeared in Family Delegate, Credit Union Business, and with Threshold Media.