Microsoft Japan tests four-day workweek. Productivity jumped by 40%

Microsoft Japan tested a four-day workweek and the findings were positive

Microsoft Japan tested a four-day workweek and the findings were positive

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Throughout the month of August, Microsoft Japan's 2300 employees did not work on Friday. The workweek was reduced to four days, resulting in happier and more productive workers.

Is it possible to work fewer hours and produce more? Microsoft Japan 's experience proves it is. During the month of August, Microsoft Japan's 2300 employees did not work on Fridays, i.e., were 'given' an extra day off. At the end of the experiment it was found that all workers were both happier and more productive.

Although working four days and taking three days off - without decreasing pay - employees were able to produce more. The results of this five-week test were known last week and show a 40% increase in the company's productivity levels.

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