This Company Experimented With A Four-Day Work Week And It Had Positive Effects

Microsoft Japan reported an almost 40 percent increase in productivity.
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Have you ever noticed that whenever a long weekend is coming up, everyone's just ~*extra*~ masipag at matiyaga? Monday doesn't feel as awful, and you have a little bit more patience for the things that would usually send you ranting to your office best friend. Now, imagine the possibilities of having a long weekend...every week. 

Well, Microsoft Japan's employees didn't have to think in theory because the company experimented with a four-day work week in August 2019.

Called the Work Life Choice Challenge, 2,300 employees only worked for four days, taking Fridays off, for a whole month! And what they saw was an almost 40 percent increase in productivity compared to their numbers in August 2018.

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There's something to be said about how it changed the way employees held meetings: Each meeting was given a 30-minute time limit, and they had more remote conferences, too! 

The company also noticed a dip in costs, with 23.1 percent less electricity used and 58.7 percent fewer pages printed during the experiment. 

Unsurprisingly, 92.1 percent of employees *loved* the idea of only working four days a week. ICYDK, Japan is known for having insanely long working hours; a woman even died from being overworked after clocking in 159 hours of OT in a month. The Japanese even have a word for it: Karoshi means "death by overwork."

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