It may be counter intuitive but Microsoft actually increased output by 40% in its 2500 person Japanese operations by mandating three day weekends in August 2019. Most of the performance gains came from:
- reduced meeting length
- the majority of meetings changed from one hour meetings to 30 minute meetings
- having more remote meetings
- primarily using Microsoft Teams
More than 90% of staff said they preferred the 4 day work week to the traditional 5 day and Microsoft intends to run the test again in 2020.
Fareed Zakaria’s CNN show GPS (Global Public Square) produced a handy chart show that workers in Germany, Canada and France far out perform workers in the United States, Italy and the United Kingdom.