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Last August, Microsoft Japan carried out a "Working Reform Project" called the Work-Life Choice Challenge Summer 2019. For one month last August, the company implemented a three-day weekend every week, giving 2,300 employees every Friday off during the month. This "special paid vacation" did not come at the expense of any other vacation time. And the results were pretty incredible! First off, it reduced waste. Employees took 25.4% fewer days off during the month, printed 58.7% fewer pages, and used 23.1% less electricity in the office, since it was closed an extra day. All of these saved the company a lot of money. Next, productivity went up by a staggering 39.9 percent. That means even though the employees were at work for less time, more work was actually getting done!

Microsoft Japan's experiment with 3-day weekend boosts worker productivity by 40 percent


As it turns out, not squeezing employees dry like a sponge is maybe a good thing.
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Cathy Vikulchik 2019-11-03 at 20:00

Research supports the fact that reduction in the number of weekly work hours can boost employee productivity.

Employee productivity experiments: Companies shortening the workweek


Psychologist Anders Ericsson, who specializes in the science of peak performance, suggests that people can only concentrate on their work for four to five hours in one sitting. And a 2016 survey of nearly 2,000 office workers in the United Kingdom claims that the average employee works for roughly three hours during an eight-hour day.
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