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The Shift to a Shorter Four-Day Work Week

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The shift to a shorter four-day work week has been a promising method of giving employees a better work-life balance. Though staff are still required to work for several hours each work day. But this can be fatiguing, and negatively affect the work-life balance it was meant to support. However, as companies shift to a more distributed workforce, they will need to grapple with the reality […]

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READ: Reaching a Good Work-life Balance as an Achievement

Work-life balance is “a cycle, not an achievement.” It is one that may be more of a lifelong process. A continuous, never-ending exercise that requires vigilance, self-awareness, and timely tweaks.

For anyone on this journey, it is important to have an awareness of your own emotional state. This is to enable you to determine the changes that you want to make in your work and in your life. And this is not about looking for a simple formula of divvying up the hours in your day; putting in eight hours’ worth of work, and eight hours’ worth of me time. Including space for family, chores, hobbies, gym, workout, meditation, and everything else.

However, if it seems like finding that perfect work-life balance remains elusive for you, the experts say that keeping some perspective can help. First, note that a shift to a shorter four-day work week by any arrangement will not bring about a magical positive change in work-life balance. Secondly, remember that we’re in an era of catastrophic job loss. Then note that for millions of people, work is about being able to put food on the table. Talking about work-life balance is a very privileged conversation. If we’re reflecting, maybe we should also reflect on that.

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