Microsoft Japan tries 3-days weekend – Productivity boosted by 40%

  • Microsoft Japan has recently tried a total working of 4 days.
  • The results were unexpected as productivity is boosted by 40%
  • Everyone hates Mondays but Microsoft Japan had a plan for it.

Productivity has been increased by a whopping 40% when Microsoft Japan works for only 4 days a week. 


In the last August, Microsoft Japan introduced Work-Life Choice Challenge for Summer 2019, ‘Working Reform Project’ was the main initiative. They implemented a three-day weekend for its employees. It resulted in a whopping 40% productivity increment.

Maybe it is time we start comparing it with what we have right now.

There are people who are working on Saturdays or even SUNDAYS in our Desi work environment. So let’s see why does working lesser increases productivity.

Working Lesser and More productivity:

Obviously when you have more working days, the more work pressure you gotta take. The more the work pressure, the lesser the productivity. We can’t expect more productivity when the workers have to work like a machine all the time.

Microsoft Japan did this experiment it went pretty well. They gave a 3-days off to their workers and let them enjoy their lives. As a result, they came back to work in a happy and refreshed mood. That’s mainly the reason why productivity was improved.

The Monday Syndrome:

One of the major achievements other than productivity improvement is that people stopped hating Mondays. Everyone was happily walking in and they were in a happy mood even on Mondays. Because they had a long weekend and they lived their lives happily, they were happy to be back at work on Monday.

Is it applicable to every other office?

Well, that depends! If Microsoft has successfully done it, it doesn’t mean every other organization can achieve the same. There are a certain organizations that cannot afford to be shut down for 3 days a week.

Instead of applying it to the whole organization, it might be a good idea to test it on a small department.


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