Microsoft sees a 40 per cent productivity boost from four-day week test

Microsoft sees a 40 per cent productivity boost from four-day week test

Microsoft Japan has said that sales have been boosted by nearly 40% during an experiment in which staff worked a four-day week on full pay. Besides this, meetings were restricted to a maximum of 30 minutes and online discussions were encouraged as an alternative to face-to-face. Besides the sales boost, during the month-long trial, electricity consumption had been reduced by 23%.

Marcus Rogers
Marcus Rogers 3 months

Yeah but that's Japan...try to push their working ethics on westerners and you'll just have alot of millennials crying.

America 3 months

Four 10's is where its at.

Rasmus Lindgren
Rasmus Lindgren 3 months

I'd probably be much happier if I had 4 days a week 10 hours a day but because of my job, I'd understand for not having those hours. I answer the the phone in IT and the phone rarely rings before 08 or after 16 so it wouldn't really benefit the company at all.

Chrono Loop
Chrono Loop 3 months

Fabulous, sign me up, I'd much prefer working four 10 hour shifts with a solid 3 day weekend every week. Work hard, play hard, rest hard

Vytautas 3 months

Yeah... with "3 day weekends" I could hope to retire with government pension when I will be 120...

I have no idea
I have no idea 3 months

I have done stuff like this before and it will die back down. It is the change in routine that does it. There have been multiple studies on stuff like this. If i make a change after telling you it will make work easier it will for a time. And multiple Studies have shown if people think they are being monitored more closely than normal they work harder to compensate.

Sir_Kutz 3 months

I work 4 day work weeks and I am more productive, can’t afford insurance though, so....

MrVairhein 3 months

let me know when theres mod day siestas. thats all i really want. An hour nap after lunch

Barry 3 months

gee well rested people perform better. who woulda thunk

Katharine 3 months


Nika D
Nika D 3 months

Four 10’s makes so much more sense (as do online meetings). Less commuting alone makes it helpful. The problem is businesses that require a regular presence. A lot of businesses won’t be tolerated when they take fridays (or Wednesdays) off. And if you stagger days, you have to hire more staff, making the whole thing inefficient. This will only work in select industries.

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