Four-Day Work Week Works in Japan

Microsoft Japan conducted a month-long experiment in which employees were asked to work four days a week. The results were positive for both the company and the employees.

The “Work Life Choice Challenge”, kicked off in August. All 2,300 employees were given three-day weekends in order to fully assess the pros and cons of working fewer hours. Employees were still paid for the Fridays they were not working during the experiment.

Compared to August 2018, employee productivity jumped 40 percent and electricity usage decreased by 23 percent.