Japan is not especially known for their good working conditions. In fact, the long and intense working hours, the scarce vacation and high levels of stress of the workers make the country stand out for the opposite.But Microsoft Japan you have wanted to end that reputation, and has been tested for a month its Project of Reform of Working with 2,600 employees have reduced their working week to 4 days, and have increased their end-of-week to 3 days. That is to say, now you work a day less although it still charge the same and have more time for leisure and rest.And what have been the results of this experimental labor reform? According to data published this Friday by the company’s own computer picked up by the average japanese Sora News 24, productivity of that month increased by 39.9%, because the employees were going to work less tired, more motivated, and more focused.
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Furthermore, while working one less day, the company also saved by 23.1% in electricity, a 58,7% on ink printer and paper and 25.4% related with the free days they asked for before the employees. Also, having a day shorter, the company reduced the duration of the excessive meetings, and replaced some by video-conferencing, and canceled others.It is proven that to reduce the hours to 4 days can be very beneficial, both to the workers and to the company, so that there are already many who are calling for this practice to extend to more regions and companies. Even so, also keep in mind that business would have to close 3 days or to hire more employees and make a rotating schedule, so that it is not so easy to apply it equally in all jobs.
Phoneia.com (November 5, 2019). What are the benefits of working day 4 working days and 3 rest? Microsoft Japan has already tested. Recovered from https://phoneia.com/en/what-are-the-benefits-of-working-day-4-working-days-and-3-rest-microsoft-japan-has-already-tested/