Work-Life Choice Challenge Summer 2019 in Japan – a review

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Recently in August this year, Microsoft Japan launched a new project, Work-Life Choice Challenge Summer 2019. The project aimed at giving Fridays off and required employees to work four days a week only while paying the same salaries.

The entire workforce of the company based on 2,300 individuals followed through the project. Not only the employees worked only 4 days a week, but several other measures were also taken,  such as a decrease in the meeting durations from 1 hour to 30 minutes.

Interestingly, the results came out as a great achievement. With this experiment, Microsoft Japan has set a new trend in a state where employees are often required to work for extra hours, often unpaid.

Following are the great outcomes of this 4 Day week in Japan published by Microsoft:

1.    Increase in productivity

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According to the reports, labor productivity in August 2019 boosted by 40% as compared to labor productivity in August 2018. The employees were able to focus on their daily tasks way better than they otherwise did. This ultimately led to increased sales and profitable business overall.

2.    The decrease in the use of electricity

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While productivity increased, the cost of electricity decreased. The electricity was used 23% lesser during this experiment.

3.    Increase in environmental benefits

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The 4 day weeks made employees who are environmental conscious a lot happier. Microsoft reported that it printed around 60% lesser pages during the whole month, which means a lot of papers were saved.

4.    The decrease in employee stress levels

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Another healthy outcome of the experiment was decreased in the stress level of employees. Workers got more time to spend with their friends and family. This especially proved to be great for working parents or single parents who get less time to spend with their kids.

5.    Happier, productive employees

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Overall, the results showed that the high majority i.e., 92% of the employees, were happier with the change brought to tiring and boring work routine.

It remains to be seen if Microsoft makes this experiment permanent. As known so far, Microsoft is planning on another like experiment.

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