As per report a recent experiment in japan where a four day workweek found productivity rose by 40% is enlightenment in IT firms now. Meanwhile microsoft in japan has adopted a four-day workweek as they often work 12+ hour days and are burned out by the end of the third or fourth day. Furthermore with the new experiment in Summer, the plan really helped employees to stay happy while taking full salary.
Apparently all 2,300 employees were given five Fridays off in a row without any decrease in pay. Further the experiment has been transformative, not only in employees’ health issues but also its electricity costs fell by 23% and more importantly, productivity was boosted by a huge 40%. Moreover, 60 minute long meetings were reduced to 30 minutes and encouraged online discussions substituting face to face method. Perhaps in some companies, there is a plan called no meetings friday to make fewer yet focused meetings and, the whole concept was to tell the quality is greater than quantity.
Reportedly microsoft japan president and CEO Takuya Hirano said in a statement “Work a short time, rest well and learn a lot. I want employees to think about and experience how they can achieve the same results with 20% less working time”. Perhaps the four day week project was a part of Work-Life Choice Challenge 2019 Summer experiment and there's no indication whether they will adopt the plan in the long run or implement another iteration of the challenge this winter.