The four-day workweek challenge resulted in many positive outcomes with happier and motivated employees who took fewer days off overall.
Come on, employers, get with the times!
In order to measure overall employee morale, along with other factors, Microsoft Japan tested out a four-day workweek and called it the "Work-Life Choice Challenge." To nobody's surprise, the results were quite positive.
During the month of August, all 2,300 employees were given five paid Fridays off in a row without a pay decrease, and the results were unsurprising. There was a 40-percent increase in productivity, and employees took 25-percent less paid time off during the program.
There were a few environmental benefits as well. There was 23-percent less electricity used, and 59-percent fewer pieces of paper were printed!
Microsoft stated that 92 percent of employees enjoyed having the shorter workweek as opposed to the typical five-day workweek. (I mean, of course!)
So, when are we going to have this happen in the United States? We personally know several people who would be more motivated if they worked a four-day workweek with their normal pay! (*cough* we *cough* would)
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This is not the first time this experiment has made headlines. Back in spring 2018, Perpetual Guardian in New Zealand experimented with the program, which resulted in a 23-percent increase in productivity. They chose to make the four-day workweek permanent.
Would you feel more motivated with a four-day workweek? Would you enjoy spending less time in your office? Tell us in the comments! Then, share this article on social media and tag your boss or (if you're really brave) your company's CEO!