Opting for a 4-Day Workweek Has Boosted Worker Productivity at Microsoft Japan

Opting for a 4-Day Workweek Has Boosted Worker Productivity at Microsoft Japan

Many companies across the globe follow a general pattern of working five days a week. But sometimes workers might find it boring stuff, which may affect their productivity. It seems like Microsoft Japan has guessed the thing, and has set a new trend. The tech giant has taught an effective way to its Japanese workforce for achieving more in fewer efforts. Being a trendsetter, Microsoft Japan had reduced its working to four days all over August. Amazingly, the initiative has rocketed productivity and reduced costs. Reportedly, sales per employee had increased by 40% as that of August 2018.

This year, in August, Microsoft had initiated a program: Work Life Choice Challenge Summer 2019. During the initiative, the Tokyo offices had remained closed every Friday. Also, the company pushed employees to end meetings in 30 minutes or less. It also recommended avoiding meetings entirely by replacing them with remote group discussions on a private chat app. Microsoft also offered a regular salary to its workers during the trial of three-day weekends. The effort included 2,300 workers who have had an opportunity to experience a healthier intersection of work and life.

The idea of having a four-day week has gained a massive boost in the past few years. Microsoft is not the only company to shorten its working week. In New Zealand, a trust management company has experimented the same scenario for around eight weeks last year. It has also discovered an increased staff focus along with decreased stress levels. Even more, a London-based science research foundation had explored the possibility of giving a paid off on Fridays. But later, it had canceled the concept due to some problems. Apart from this, the UK’s Labor party has recently considered the scenario in a trial. Above all, Microsoft Japan is probably the first tech-giant to experiment with the concept as long as business tycoons like Richard Branson have started supporting a flexible working week.

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