The technology Microsoft has said it successfully trialed a four-day week in Japan, which saw improvements in workers' productivity and job . The trial took place over the summer at the tech giant's in Tokyo. Employees were given every Friday off as paid in August. The company monitored the effects a three-day would have on workers' performance. Company executives said the shorter working week resulted in additional . Productivity rose by 40 per cent and 92 per cent of employees expressed their satisfaction with the . The trial could lead to a change in Japan's workplace practices of long hours and lots of .
Microsoft called the trial the Work-Life Choice Challenge. The company said it aimed, "to create an where each employee can choose a diverse and way of working according to the of their work and life". Other of the trial included shortening the length of meetings to a maximum of 30 minutes and encouraging workers to choose chats over face-to-face ones. There were advantages to the trial. Microsoft said that 23 per cent electricity was consumed and 59 per cent pages were printed compared with August 2018. Microsoft will conduct experiment in Japan later this year and has asked employees for their .