Following a month-long experience earlier in August, Microsoft Japan has revealed that it has seen a 40% increase in productivity by employees when a four-day workweek was in place. The initiative is part of the company’s “Work Life Choice Challenge” which saw the company to close its operations on Fridays to initiate a three-day weekend.
Interestingly, the sales figures measured over the weekend saw about 40 percent increase compared to the previous year. This was largely thanks to the shorter meetings as well as remote conference. Moreover, the company reported a fall in cost as the company used 23.1 percent less electricity compared to the same period a year earlier.
Apart from the four work days, Microsoft’s Work Life Choice Challenge also included a number of self-development and wellness schemes with over 90 percent of the employees giving positive feedback regarding the reduced workweek. While the scheme isn’t permanent, Microsoft revealed that it is planning on implementing the scheme in the winter to promote flexible working environment.