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Microsoft's Japanese Division Switched To A 4-Day Workweek Skyrocketed The Productivity

Microsoft's Japanese Division Switched To A 4-Day Workweek Skyrocketed The Productivity
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After spending August experimenting with a four-day work week in a country notorious for overwork, Microsoft Japan said sales per employee rose 40% compared to the same month last year.
The “Work-Life Choice Challenge Summer 2019” saw full-time employees take off five consecutive Fridays in August with pay, on top of shortening meetings to no more than 30 minutes and promoting online chats over face-to-face ones. Among employees responding to a study about the program, 92% said they were happy with the four-day week, the software maker’s Japan affiliate said in a report on its website on Oct. 31.
Japan has been striving to bring down some of the world’s longest working hours because it confronts a labor shortage and dramatically aging population. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s move to make workplaces more flexible and reduce overtime has drawn mixed reviews.
The summer trial also cut costs at Microsoft Japan, with 23% less electricity ingested and 59% fewer pages printed compared with August 2018, in line with the report. Some Microsoft Japan managers still didn't comprehend the changes in working styles and some employees expressed concern that shorter work weeks would bother clients.
Microsoft Japan plans to hold another work-life challenge in winter. Employees won’t get special paid days off, but will be motivated to take time off on their own initiative “in a more flexible and smarter way.”

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