In a new report that was released by Microsoft Japan, they said the productivity of their workers increased by 40 percent after they introduced a 4-day workweek.
Last year, Microsoft Japan launched the Work-Life Choice Challenge 2019, where employees were given off on all Fridays during August 2019.
The program was launched with hopes of offering a better working environment through reduced work time.
During the month of August in 2019, special paid leaves were also given to full-time employees.
Japan has a hard time in tackling the problem of excessive work, which ends up affecting the health of their employees.
After the challenge, Japan announced that a 4-day working week boosted the productivity of their employees by 40 percent.
On Fridays, all their employees were given a day off and special paid leaves were given to full-time employees.
According to reports, meetings were cut short and were encouraged on online platforms, not actual meetings.
The Work-Life Choice Challenge also offered assistance for employee’s travel expenses and family vacations.
In August 2019, Microsoft Japan saw a 40 percent rise in its sales per employee and their electricity consumption was cut down by a quarter.
Also, their paper usage was cut in half.
Microsoft said the program was a huge success, and they are ready to launch a Work-Life Choice Challenge.
The new Work-Life Choice Challenge will be offering more flexible timings and short meetings. No special leaves will be provided this time.