Microsoft Japan sees 40 per cent productivity increase after introducing three-day weekend

By Bronwen Weatherby

Microsoft Japan saw a major boost to its workforce's productivity after experimenting with a three-day weekend.

The technology company's productivity soared by nearly 40 per cent after one month of giving 2,300 staff members every Friday off.

The 'Working Reform Project' was a part of a their Work-Life Choice Challenge Summer 2019 and involved each person getting every Friday as a special paid holiday - which did not come at the expense of other holiday time.

And the results staggered tech bosses when they found productivity went up by 39.9 per cent, according to SoraNews24.

The trial has proved popular with employees (AP)

The change also meant employees took 25.4 per cent fewer days off during the month and used 23.1 per cent less electricity in the office, saving the company money.

Much of the productivity increase was attributed to a change in how many meetings were scheduled.

With only four days to complete work, many meetings were cut, shortened or changed to virtual, instead of face-to-face, meetings.

Unsurprisingly, 92.1 per cent of people said they liked the four-day working week at the end of the trial.

Its success means Microsoft plans on repeating the month next Summer and could implement it during other periods of the year.