The Reading / Listening - 4-Day Work Week - Level 4

Microsoft trialed a four-day working week in Japan. Workers' productivity and job satisfaction improved. The trial was at the tech giant's Tokyo headquarters. Workers had every Friday off as paid leave in August. Analysts found the shorter working week had several benefits. Productivity rose by 40 per cent and 92 per cent of workers were happy with the trial. It could change Japan's famous workplace practices of long hours and overtime.



The "Work-Life Choice Challenge" aimed, "to create an environment where each employee can choose a diverse and flexible way of working according to [their] circumstances". It included limiting meetings to 30 minutes and asking workers to chat online rather than face-to-face. Microsoft said electricity bills were down by 23 per cent and 59 per cent fewer pages were printed compared with August 2018. Microsoft will repeat the experiment in Japan.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    4-Day Work Week - Level 5 or  4-Day Work Week - Level 6

Sources
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  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/04/tech/microsoft-japan-working week-productivity/
  • https://news.yahoo.com/microsofts-japanese-division-switched-4-123757914.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. productivity and job
  2. the tech giant's Tokyo
  3. every Friday off as
  4. the shorter working week had
  5. Productivity rose
  6. workers were happy
  7. change Japan's famous workplace
  8. long hours and
  1. with the trial
  2. several benefits
  3. overtime
  4. headquarters
  5. practices
  6. paid leave
  7. by 40 per cent
  8. satisfaction

Paragraph 2

  1. each employee can
  2. a diverse and flexible
  3. according to their
  4. limiting meetings
  5. chat online rather
  6. electricity bills
  7. 59 per cent fewer
  8. Microsoft will repeat
  1. pages were printed
  2. to 30 minutes
  3. the experiment
  4. choose
  5. were down
  6. circumstances
  7. than face-to-face
  8. way

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Microsoft trialed a four-day working (1) ___________________. Workers' productivity and job satisfaction improved. The trial was at (2) ___________________ Tokyo headquarters. Workers had every Friday off (3) ___________________ in August. Analysts found the shorter working week (4) ___________________. Productivity rose by 40 per cent and 92 per cent of workers were happy (5) ___________________. It could change Japan's famous workplace practices of long (6) ___________________.

The "Work-Life Choice Challenge" aimed, "to (7) ___________________ where each employee can choose a (8) ___________________ way of working according to [their] circumstances". It (9) ___________________ to 30 minutes and asking workers to (10) ___________________ than face-to-face. Microsoft said electricity (11) ___________________ by 23 per cent less and 59 per cent fewer pages were printed compared with August 2018. Microsoft will (12) ___________________ in Japan.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Microsofttrialedafour-dayworkingweekinJapan.Workers'productivit
yandjobsatisfactionimmproved.Thetrialwasatthetechgiant'sTokyoh
eadquarters.WorkershadeveryFridayoffaspaidleaveinAugust.Analy
stsfoundtheshorterworkingweekhadseveralbenefits.Productivityros
eby40percentand92percentofworkerswerehappywiththetrial.Itcoul
dchangeJapan'sfamousworkplacepracticesoflonghoursandovertime
.The"Work-LifeChoiceChallenge"aimed,"tocreateanenvironmentw
hereeachemployeecanchooseadiverseandflexiblewayofworkingacc
ordingto[their]circumstances".Itincludedlimitingmeetingsto30min
utesandaskingworkerstochatonlineratherthanface-to-face.Microso
ftsaidelectricitybillsweredownby23percentlessand59percentfewerp
ageswereprintedcomparedwithAugust2018.Microsoftwillrepeatthe
experimentinJapan.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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