A 4-day week might not work in health care. But adapting this model could reduce burnout among staff

Fri, 8 Dec 2023 19:29:23 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"The COVID pandemic saw a mass exodus of health-care workers across developed
countries, exacerbating an existing health-care staffing crisis.

In Australia, turnover rates among hospital staff reached nearly 20% in 2022.
Hospital waiting lists in Victoria alone ballooned to 80,000 in 2023.

The United States and the United Kingdom have faced similar staffing issues.

Efforts are underway globally to educate new health professionals and boost the
skilled migration of doctors.

However, retaining existing staff is a paramount strategy.

The pandemic accelerated the exploration of more flexible work arrangements,
while the idea of a four-day work week is continually gaining traction. Could
this be a solution to improve the retention of burnt out staff in the
health-care sector?"

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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