Microsoft Japan Welcomes Three-Day Weekend Policy to Boost Productivity

Microsoft Japan Welcomes Three-Day Weekend Policy to Boost Productivity 

Last updated on August 29th, 2020

The employees of Microsoft Japan are all set to adopt new working patterns, lending them more leisure time with family and friends. The technology giant has introduced four-days a week working concept, wherein employees will be given a pay check for five days.

The main aim behind this move is to boost productivity overall while keeping employees happy.

The trial program named “Work-Life Choice Challenge” took place in August. Microsoft Japan shut all offices every Friday in August. The results thereafter claim a productivity boost of 40 percent in employee performance. Not just that, shutting offices for an extra day reduced the electricity costs. Moreover, they printed almost 60 percent fewer pages.

Encouraged by the successful trial, Microsoft Japan plans to hold another trial in winters. To ensure effective everyday working, the firm reduced meeting time from 60 to 30 minutes. Also, the standard attendance at such sessions was limited to five employees and chatting systems were promoted for communicating information.

Similar technique was adopted by a New Zealand Trust Management Company, Perpetual Guardian in 2018. The results, thereof revealed a 45 percent increase in employee work-life balance, post which the firm made the policy permanent.

Microsoft Japan, on the other hand, witnessed a 39.9 percent increment in sales than August 2018. CEO Takuya Hirano, said on the website of the firm, “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.”

Speaking on the pilot project – “Work Life Choice Challenge 2019”, a Microsoft spokesperson said, “In the spirit of a growth mind-set, we are always looking for new ways to innovate and leverage our own technology to improve the experience for our employees around the globe.”

Analysts claim that younger people now choose work flexibility over healthcare coverage, as a common workplace perk. This new move by Microsoft will surely change the relationship between employees and bosses.

People remain sceptical whether the shorter workweek may surge up a political issue. In the UK too, the Labour Party introduced a four-day workweek. The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, was quoted by Labour List, “the average full-time working week fell from nearly 65 hours in the 1860s to 43 hours in the 1970s.” As per the US economists, the compensation has lagged behind productivity in the 1970s.

Moving forth on the technological front, Microsoft has introduced some sophisticated detection and mitigation measures in the UAE industry as a premier sponsor at the Gartner Security Management Summit in the UAE. The summit was focused on understanding the latest cybersecurity standards that will introduce a spur of new ideas and help in advancing the skill set in Microsoft Japan, the UAE and elsewhere.

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