How’s your 9 to 5 taking you? You may have been overjoyed once you landed the job, but now that it’s somewhat monotonous, you probably hate that morning ride to work. And that you have to do it five days a week doesn’t help matters either, does it?
Almost everywhere in the world, Mondays through Friday are working days, with employees just getting the weekend to themselves. Others aren’t that lucky, having to go in for a few hours on Saturday.
The thing is that even with the weekend, you aren’t 100% relaxed. By Sunday afternoon, you’re already thinking about the long, tiresome week ahead, wondering why the weekend passes by that fast.
But while you’re stressing over this in August, there were some employees who are already well relaxed and ready to face the week head-on.
That month, workers at the Japanese Microsoft office had longer weekends with Fridays off, and it seems that the move by the company was been quite the motivating factor.
Imagine leaving work on Thursday evening knowing that you don’t have to be back till Monday! For employees in the US, this would literally be heaven on earth.
Why don’t they do some of these things here? In Germany, there’s that company with a 5-hour workday, then this in Japan. When will it be our turn?
Back to the Microsoft office in Japan though, a shorter working week had no negative implications on the company’s activities. In fact, they noticed an increase in productivity of over 35% after implementing this policy.
In addition to not having to come in on Fridays, the office also limited their meetings to a maximum of 30 minutes, and also encouraged remote communication.
Comparing the performance during that month to the same period last year, they recorded increased productivity by 39.9%. That’s really something, don’t you agree?
The Japanese subsidiary also noticed significant changes in other sectors, such as a decrease in the amount of paper used and the electricity bill paid.
Apparently, the employees used 58.7% less paper, and the electricity bill went down 23.1%. Is there any downside to working four days a week? There hardly seems to be one! It’s all pros and zero cons this far, and if you’re expecting anything negative, think again.
The four-day work week concept has been around for quite some time, but never before had it ever been implemented. There’s actually a survey that was done, asking 3000 employees spread out across eight countries what they’d call an ideal work week.
Guess what? Most of them were for four days, or even less. And with the Japanese Microsoft office having tried it out to positive results, it’s high time other organizations followed suit. If it means saving more on resources while increasing output, why not?
Business owners should try taking this route and see just how good it’ll work out for them. Working four days a week leaves your employees with ample time to spend time with family, and when they finally get back to work, they’ll be calm, cool, and collected to tackle everything you throw their way.