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Microsoft says its saw a 40% increase in productivity when it had employees work four days a week, instead of the usual five. The test, conducted in Japan in August, gave workers Fridays off, in addition to the usual Saturday and Sunday.
Workers were challenged to "work in a short time, take a rest, and learn well." In a survey conducted after the trial, more than 90% of Microsoft employees said they prefered a four-day week, the company said.
In addition to higher sales per employee compared to the same period a year earlier, the company saw other benefits, including significant reductions in electricity use and the amount of printer paper used, according to TV station WOFL.
Other tests elsewhere around the world have reported similar findings, WOFL says. A New Zealand firm, for example, was so impressed by the increased productivity it saw during a test run that it decided to permanently switch to a four-day workweek.