Microsoft trial shows a 40 per cent jump in productivity in four days working week
Microsoft Japan president and CEO Takuya Hirano says, “Work a short time, rest well and learn a lot.
An experiment done by Microsoft Japan shows that short working weekdays make emoployees more producitve. The company provided five consecutive offs on Fridays making it a four-day work week in the month of August.
This new project called Work-Life Choice Challenge Summer 2019, gave off to its 2,300 employees without decreasing the pay. This led to an increse in productivity by 40 per cent and also caused more efficient meetings and happier workers. The workers also took less time off. Through the project, the company also plans to subsidize family vacations and pay upto ¥100,000 or $920. The results of the trial were shared by the company.
Microsoft Japan president and CEO Takuya Hirano says, “Work a short time, rest well and learn a lot, I want employees to think about and experience how they can achieve the same results with 20% less working time.”
Other highlights of the results were 25 percent less time off during the trial, electricity use decreased by 23 per cent and employees printed 59% fewer pages of paper during the trial. The feedback from employees suggest that 92 percent of them likes the short week.
While talking to The Guardian, the company says "It’s unclear if these changes will be implemented in offices elsewhere or on a longer term basis. But, it plans to implement another iteration of the challenge this winter."
“In the spirit of a growth mindset, we are always looking for new ways to innovate and leverage our own technology to improve the experience for our employees around the globe,” a Microsoft spokesman said.