Four Day Work Weeks to Increase Productivity

We’ve recently been hearing about companies trying out four-day work weeks, and seeing success, and apparently that’s what happened when Microsoft Japan tried it this summer.

Employees who took Fridays off were given special paid leave, and the company found that not only was business not negatively affected, they saw a lot of improvements including:

  • A 40% boost in productivity.
  • A 23% decrease in electricity costs.
  • Those who took Fridays off printed 60% fewer pages.

The company also streamlined meetings thanks to the shorter work week, with meetings cut from 60 minutes to 30 minutes. Plus, attendance was cut to just five employees, which didn’t tie up multiple people from the same team.

Source:NPR.org

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