For one month last August, Microsoft Japan implemented a three-day weekend every week, giving 2,300 employees every Friday off during the month. This "special paid vacation" did not come at the expense of any other vacation time.
The company found that employees took 25.4 percent fewer days off during the month, printed 58.7 percent fewer pages, and used 23.1 percent less electricity in the office (since it was closed an extra day). All of these saved the company quite a bit of money.
Productivity went up by a staggering 39.9 percent. Even though the employees were at work for less time, more work was actually getting done.
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