Nixon predicted it. Workers have asked for it. And businesses and governments have experimented with it for decades. The idea pops up every so often in expectant headlines. Just last week, Microsoft Japan inspired a flood of stories after reporting that, in a trial, shortened weeks had boosted productivity by about 40 percent. Yet the four-day workweek is the flying car of labor: a profound advancement that has seemed just around the corner for decades.
Microsoft Japan tested a four-day work week and productivity jumped by 40%
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Everybody loves a three-day weekend, but would you love it as much if you had one every week? These are the benefits and drawbacks you need to think about before switching to a four-day workweek. The standard full-time workweek for Americans is eight hours per day, five days a week. When you switch to a four-day workweek , you still work 40 hours, but you work 10 hours per day for four days.
Microsoft experimented with a 4-day workweek, and productivity jumped by 40%
Subscriber Account active since. The trial was part of Microsoft's "Work-Life Choice Challenge," a summer 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 in August and found that labor productivity increased by Full-time employees were given paid leave during the closures.
The experiment for the month of August led to more efficient meetings and happier workers who took less time off. Microsoft tested out a four-day work week in its Japan offices and found as a result employees were not only happier — but significantly more productive. For the month of August, Microsoft Japan experimented with a new project called Work-Life Choice Challenge Summer , giving its entire 2,person workforce five Fridays off in a row without decreasing pay. The experiment is not the first time long weekends have been experimented with in the corporate world.