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Microsoft experimented with a 4-day work week in its Japan office, and productivity jumped by 40%


An experiment that involved reducing the work week by one day led to a 40% boost in productivity in Microsoft’s Japan office, the technology giant announced last week.

The trial was part of Microsoft’s “Work Life Choice Challenge 2019 Summer,” a project that examined work-life balance and aimed to help boost creativity and productivity by giving employees more flexible working hours. Microsoft Japan closed its offices every Friday during the month of August and found that labor productivity increased by 39.9% compared to August 2018. Full-time employees were given paid leave during the office closures.

The company also reduced the amount of time spent in meetings as part of the project by implementing a 30-minute time limit for meetings and encouraging remote communication.

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