Staff perk reaps rewards

As it turns out, not squeezing employees dry like a sponge is maybe a good thing. Microsoft Japan's experiment with a three-day weekend boosted worker productivity by 40 per cent. For one month last August, the company implemented a three-day weekend every week, giving 2300 employees every Friday off during the month. Employees took 25.4 per cent fewer days off during the month, printed 58.7 per cent fewer pages, and used 23.1 per cent less electricity in the office (since it was closed an extra day). All of these saved the company quite a bit of

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