Microsoft attempted a four-day work week in Japan, and efficiency increased

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Microsoft embraced a four-day work week in Japan.


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Microsoft’s Japan workplace recently reported favorable outcomes after trying a four-day work week over the summertime. The program, called Work Life Choice Challenge, needed workplaces to close down every Friday in August, providing staff members an additional day of rest each week. The results consisted of a 40% enhancement in efficiency, Microsoft stated in a news release, despite the fact that less time was invested at work. 

The personnel likewise was motivated to invest less time reacting to e-mails or going to conferences, which mainly lasted no greater than 30 minutes or were carried out through Microsoft Teams, the business’s online messaging app. 

The much shorter work week likewise caused an environmentally-friendly shift. It saw a decline in paper printing by nearly 60% and electrical energy use was down by more than 20%, the business discovered.


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