Microsoft seems to have proven that less is more when it comes to worktime.
A Microsoft subsidiary in Japan recently conducted an experiment that is something that nearly all of the employees would prefer; a reduction of a day in the workweek.
Make Thursday Friday Again: Thrilled with the results, Microsoft Japan says it plans to conduct a similar work-life challenge this winter. Employees were allowed to choose the way of working they wanted to follow as far as work-life balance. Microsoft then took a survey and analyzed the results with the goal of helping corporate customers reform their "work styles".
The month-long project involved Microsoft Japan giving its 2,300 employees a three-day weekend every week in August by giving them Fridays off. It also reinforces that shorter work hours could contribute to overall work-life balance. The company provided financial assistance for self-development-related expenses. No longer handiest did Microsoft lower energy prices on account of reducing month-to-month location of job working time by a quarter (electricity tell declined by 23%, and paper printing became as soon as down by 59%), productivity additionally surged-sales per employee rose by 40% from a year previously.
An overwhelming 92 per cent of the employees said that they were pleased with the four-day workweek. The number of pages printed this August was down 58.7% compared to August 2016. It's unclear why the company used two different past years for its comparisons.
Microsoft isn't the first to highlight the productivity benefits of a four-day workweek.
Microsoft estimated a 39.9% year-over-year improvement in productivity based on sales per number of employees. At the same time, meetings were capped at 30 minutes, remote conferences were increased, and self-development and family wellness schemes were incorporated.
Microsoft said the program was a huge success, and they are ready to launch a Work-Life Choice Challenge.