Week Off: Microsoft, in a unique initiative in Japan, has started giving employees three days a week off. This increased the company’s sales and also reduced costs.
Tokyo: US company Microsoft has taken a new initiative by giving its employees three days a week off in Japan. In Japan, where employees are overburdened with workload, the company has also achieved cost reduction by increasing sales by giving employees three days a week.
Microsoft Japan has started giving its work force three days a week as an experiment. After this move, the company found that four days a week work and other improvements not only increased its sales but also helped in reducing costs. In August, the Japan unit of the US information technology company gave leave to its employees three days a week, that is, Friday. This special leave was granted to all 2,300 full-time employees.
At the same time, the company encouraged a maximum time limit of 30 minutes of meetings and ‘online chat’ rather than face-to-face interaction. According to Microsoft Japan, the number of participants in meetings was fixed at five and employees were sent online instead of email. Discussion encouraged.
These steps of the company resulted in positive results. This increased sales per employee in August by almost 40 percent over the same month of the previous year. Power consumption decreased by a quarter and paper usage by half. According to Microsoft Japan, this use suggests that employees prefer different modes of work and that widespread use of this model can increase efficiency.
The company plans to launch a similar program in the winter season but will not offer special holidays. This will encourage employees to use existing holidays. The Government of Japan is promoting flexible working methods for employees struggling with work pressure.
This includes allowing different working periods and less busy hours, etc. This effort of the company is part of that. The aim of these efforts is to relieve the workload of the employees and encourage the couple to have children to deal with the problem of the ever-decreasing population.