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Microsoft Japan's 4-day workweek boosted productivity by 40%

Microsoft Japan tested out a 4-day workweek for all of August as part of its Work-Life Choice challenge. Employees were still paid for their Fridays off, and the results showed that employee productivity rose by 40%, the number of papers printed was reduced by 58%, and electricity consumption was reduced by 23%. Japan has some of the longest working hours in the world, with 1 in 4 companies expecting their employees to work 80 hours overtime a month, according to a government study.