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Microsoft Japan introduces 3-day weekends and sees productivity boost by 40%

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This is all the convincing I need to begin campaigning for permanent 4-day-workweeks.

Microsoft Japan has trialled a ‘Working Reform Project’ which gave their 2,300 employees all Fridays off for a month. The additional day off did not come at the expense of regular pay or holiday time and the return benefits for the company were quite significant. During the trial there was a reported 40% increase in productivity and employees took 25.4% less days off.

The increase in productivity was predominantly attributed to reduced meetings. With less time in the week, many meetings were shortened, held virtually or cut altogether.

3-day-weekends, less meetings and increased productivity – sounds like a win, win, win to me!