VIDEO: Microsoft Increased Productivity 40% in Japan By Taking Fridays Off

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It may be counter intuitive but Microsoft actually increased output by 40% in its 2500 person Japanese operations by mandating three day weekends in August 2019.  Most of the performance gains came from:

  • reduced meeting length
    • the majority of meetings changed from one hour meetings to 30 minute meetings
  • having more remote meetings

More than 90% of staff said they preferred the 4 day work week to the traditional 5 day and Microsoft intends to run the test again in 2020.

Fareed Zakaria’s CNN show GPS (Global Public Square) produced a handy chart show that workers in Germany, Canada and France far out perform workers in the United States, Italy and the United Kingdom.



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