In Japan, Microsoft recently tested out a four-day workweek with some of its employees. No doubt, the workers were happy to participate. However, the recently-published results should make the rest of the company just as happy because productivity increased by 40 percent!
Does working fewer hours help people get more done? This study and others like it seem to suggest the answer is yes. When you look at the effects downtime has on the brain, the research appears to support this conclusion as well. With more free time, you’re more poised to focus during work hours, rather than contending with burnout.
Of course, this idea goes against everything we’ve been taught about work, especially in the U.S., where long hours and short breaks are the norms.