Paper and power use dropped during the trial © Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto/Getty Images
Paper and power use dropped during the trial © Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Microsoft Japan's four-day week saw productivity rise

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
6 November 2019

Costs were cut and productivity increased by 40% when Microsoft Japan implemented a four-day working week during August.

During the trial period around 2,300 workers took paid leave on every Friday in August, amounting to five days, with the company challenging them to “Work in a short time, take a rest, and learn well”.

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