News: Microsoft Japan’s four-day work week leads to 40% rise in productivity

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Microsoft Japan’s four-day work week leads to 40% rise in productivity

Microsoft’s “Work Life Choice Challenge,” held this August, offered its 2,300 employees three-day weekends.
Microsoft Japan’s four-day work week leads to 40% rise in productivity

They work long hours, but what about results?

Microsoft Japan’s recent experiment proved that working longer hours is not a measure of productivity.

Recently in August, as a part of “Work Life Choice Challenge” the technology biggie, Microsoft Japan tested a four-day workweek in August and has found the experiment a huge boon to employee productivity.

The tech giant recorded an almost 40 percent jump in productivity levels after cutting its work hours as part of a wider project to promote healthier work-life balance.

The experiment which also incorporated programs like self-development and family wellness schemes, recorded largely positive feedback from employees.

In fact, the firm conducted a survey at the end of the experiment. A huge majority of employees 92.1 percent (out of 2,300 employees), said they liked the four-day work week. 

Takuya Hirano, Microsoft Japan president and CEO was quoted in media saying, "Work a short time, rest well and learn a lot. It's necessary to have an environment that allows you to feel your purpose in life and make a greater impact at work.” He further said that "I want employees to think about and experience how they can achieve the same results with 20 percent less working time."

Microsoft Japan is already planning on bringing back the three-day weekends for next August. It's yet to be seen if they will offer this perk year-round. Further, the company is also planning to subsidize employees' family vacations or further education by up to ¥100,000.

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