Microsoft Japan Experiments With A 3-Day Weekend

Microsoft Japan tests a 4-day workweek, sees a massive 40 per cent jump productivity

Microsoft Japan tests a 4-day workweek, sees a massive 40 per cent jump productivity

Microsoft seems to have proven that less is more when it comes to worktime. The tech giant ran an experiment in Japan in August which included three-day weekends for employees.

To get the work done in the privébalans of the employees to improve and enhance the employees issues to address, Microsoft Japan, and all of the employees for the month of July on a Friday is a given. Employees were allowed to choose the way of working they wanted to follow as far as work-life balance.

With the trial hailed as a success by 92 per cent of its staff, the company said that they are ready to launch a second Work-Life Choice Challenge.

Fun fact: Did you know that the Japanese are so overworked that they even coined the term 'karoshi, ' which means 'death by overwork'. "Microsoft also supported the "'practice' of work-life choice promotion". The company provided financial assistance for self-development-related expenses.

A report commissioned by the Labour Party in the United Kingdom suggested a four-day working week with capped hours would be "unrealistic".

The trial, referred to as the Work-Life Selection Problem 2019, was an try to offer a greater working atmosphere by way of decreased working time. It also might be good for the environment because during the month, the amount of electricity consumed went down by about 23%, and about 59% fewer pages were printed, resulting in a potentially smaller carbon footprint while saving the company money as well. It's unclear why the company used two different past years for its comparisons.

Based on the results of their experiment, which took place for a month in August, it looks like the productivity of employees actually increased by as much as 40%. The implementation rate of the 30-minute meeting grew 46% this year compared to August 2018, while implementation of remote conferences grew 21% in August compared to April to June 2019. Yes, an experiment that involved reducing the workweek to four days was conducted.

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