Microsoft’s recent 4 day work week experiment took place in Japan office and the results show us that employees are happier and more productive.
A lot of companies are in constant search for boosting productivity. The same goes for tech companies too. Microsoft’s Japan office chooses an unusual method to make employees happier and more productive, apparently it worked out well.
Work less, rest well, and learn a lot
Japan is mostly known for its overworking culture. But Microsoft Japan president and CEO Takuya Hirano decided to try another method. During the Work-Life Choice Challenge Summer 2019, Microsoft Japan experimented with the 4 day work weeks. More than 2,300 employees took five Fridays off in a row without salary cuts. Hirano shared his opinion about the experiment:
Work a short time, rest well and learn a lot. I want employees to think about and experience how they can achieve the same results with 20% less working time.
Results show us that productivity was increased %40 higher than the usual 5 day work weeks. That percentage is determined by the sales per employee and 92% of the employees were happy with the short work week. Microsoft also declares that during that period, 59% fewer pages printed and 23% less electricity used.