Microsoft Japan Tested a Four-Day Work Week - And Productivity Soared

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 9, 2019

A Microsoft subsidiary in Japan recently conducted an experiment that is something that nearly all of the employees would prefer; a reduction of a day in the workweek.

The results of this experiment have been eye-catching. As part of this initiative, it gave employees a day off on Friday too, giving them 3-day weekends and 4-day work weeks for an entire month.

Based on the results of their experiment, which took place for a month in August, it looks like the productivity of employees actually increased by as much as 40%.

But the advantages do not end there. The organization also witnessed a fall in its operating costs - its electricity usage declined by 23 per cent and there were over 58 per cent fewer pages printed!

And what did employees have to say about this change?

"Even though some people are compelled to work shorter hours than they want to, most people are compelled to work longer hours than they want to", the report. released in September, said.

Among workers surveyed about this system, 94% acknowledged they cherished the experiment and 92% acknowledged they'd welcome the four-day work week policy, per a listing by Microsoft closing week. It is known as "karoshi" which means death from overwork.

Final June, Japan's parliament passed a work reform bill that caps all workers' past regular time at 720 hours a year (equal to 14 hours per week-light loads!) and elevate income for short and segment-time workers. This winter, the plant, the company will have a similar experience. The government of Japan has been working to bring down these acute workhours as the country confronts a rapidly ageing population and a diminishing workforce.

The experiment also resulted in employees taking about 25% fewer days off during the month.

According to Microsoft Japan, productivity rose by 39.9% after cutting work hours.

Microsoft has no thought to prolong the present policy to its USA crew but, though it's going to habits one more work-lifestyles area program this iciness.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE