(CNN) — Microsoft introduced a trial at its campus in Japan over the summer, and it had some unexpected results.
For the month of August, employees worked a four-day week and were urged to cut down on time spent on emails and meetings.
The results might surprise you.
While the time spent at work went down, productivity went up. The increase was significant — almost 40 percent.
The impact was widespread, too. More than 90 percent of Microsoft’s 2000+ employees said they were impacted by the new measures, according to the company.
In addition to the effect on the employees, the company also saved on other resources, like electricity.
Microsoft plans to conduct another experiment in Japan later this year.
Employees will be asked to brainstorm new measures to improve the work-life balance and overall efficiency.
- Huskies Upended by SIU Edwardsville
- No. 5 Illini fall in early season top-five matchup with No. 2 Baylor
- Frosty Wednesday morning, Toasty Wednesday afternoon
- California sheriff who refused to enforce COVID-19 order tests positive for virus
- Community mourns beloved businessman Tony Artale after losing battle with COVID-19
Copyright © 2020 CNN Newsource. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.