A Microsoft subsidiary in Japan conducted an unusual experiment, reducing the company’s workweek to just four days. Amazingly, this has led to a 40% increase in productivity!
The unusual trial was part of Microsoft’s “Work-Life Choice Challenge,” a summer project that examined work-life balance and aimed to boost creativity by giving employees more flexible working hours.
Throughout August, Microsoft Japan worked just four days out of every week. Full-time employees were given paid leave. The tech giant also reduced the time spent in meetings by implementing a 30-minute limit and encouraging remote communication.
As a result, the company’s productivity grew by 39.9%
The experiment also helped preserve electricity and office resources. The number of pages printed decreased by 58.7%, while electricity consumption was down by 23.1% on the previous year.
Studies have found there’s demand for a shorter workweek. Last year, in a study of nearly 3,000 workers in eight countries by the Workforce Institute at Kronos and Future Workplace, most said their ideal workweek would be four days or less.
Would you like to have a 4-day workweek?