Microsoft tried a 4-day workweek in Japan as part of a “Work Life Choice Challenge” by shutting down offices every Friday. Productivity, measured by sales per employee, increased by almost 40% compared to the same period the previous year.

Microsoft tried a 4-day workweek in Japan. Productivity jumped 40%

(CNN Business) —

A growing number of smaller companies are adopting a four-day workweek. Now the results of a recent trial at Microsoft (MSFT) suggest it could work even for the biggest businesses.

The company introduced a program this summer in Japan called the “Work Life Choice Challenge,” which shut down its offices every Friday in August and gave all employees an extra day off each week.

The results were promising: While the amount of time spent at work was cut dramatically, productivity — measured by sales per employee — went up by almost 40% compared to the same period the previous year, the company said in a statement last week.

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5 thoughts on “Microsoft tried a 4-day workweek in Japan as part of a “Work Life Choice Challenge” by shutting down offices every Friday. Productivity, measured by sales per employee, increased by almost 40% compared to the same period the previous year.”

  1. Zlifbar

    Employers need to ask themselves: Do I trust my employees to get the job done in an acceptable way delivering what I need them to be OR do I want to be in the “hall monitor” business keeping tabs on where they are and how much time they spend doing it?

  2. Trevorjrt6

    Did they keep it going?

  3. madsmooth

    My company switched to 9/80 and getting a Friday off every two weeks has significantly changed my stress level.

  4. HeippodeiPeippo

    The way these discussion tend to go:

    But we have to pay them more per hour.
    Yes, but they produce the same.
    So, why don’t they produce more if we use 40 hours? People are just lazy, we need to lower their wages.

  5. IcanCwhatUsay

    Is it 4/10s or 4/8s?

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