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  • Microsoft tests 4-day work week in Japan: productivity up 40%

    Microsoft launched a four-day workweek experiment earlier this year in one of the most unlikely places: Japan. But in a country known for its culture of extreme overwork, the shorter week had a big boost on productivity, the company’s business unit said in a post on its website.

    The test run, which took place in August and gave employees five consecutive Fridays off, boosted sales per employee by 40 percent, compared with the same month a year earlier, according to the post. The number of pages printed in the office fell by 59 percent, electricity consumption dropped 23 percent, and 94 percent of employees were satisfied with the program.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...oared-percent/

    What say you?

  • #2
    In other news, Trump has adopted a 0-day work week for himself. Productivity was unchanged. Lol.

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    • #3
      What? Less stressed employees results in better production?? Who would have thought. You'd think all the Libertarians who advocate for working people 24/7 would be the right ones.

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      • #4
        Interesting stuff. My guess is this probably varies quite a bit with type of work.

        I think work requiring a lot of mental exertion might benefit from longer periods of concentration followed by longer periods of disengagement.

        People working repetitive jobs without that level of mental engagement might do better with shorter work periods more days per week.

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        • #5
          As Marx said 100 years ago.

          But in its blind unrestrainable passion, its werewolf hunger for surplus-labor, capital oversteps not only the moral, but even the merely physical maximum bounds of the working-day. It usurps the time for growth, development, and healthy maintenance of the body. It steals the time required for the consumption of fresh air and sunlight. It higgles over a meal-time, incorporating it where possible with the process of production itself, so that food is given to the laborer as to a mere means of production, as coal is supplied to the boiler, grease and oil to the machinery. It reduces the sound sleep needed for the restoration, reparation, refreshment of the bodily powers. …

          Capital cares nothing for the length of life of labor-power. All that concerns it is simply and solely the maximum of labor-power, that can be rendered fluent in a working-day. It attains this end by shortening the extent of the laborer’s life, as a greedy farmer snatches increased produce from the soil by robbing it of its fertility.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by OleNumber7 View Post
            As Marx said 100 years ago.

            Unfortunately for Karl, history showed us that Party Comrades can be even less relenting than the love of money.

            Capitalism Is. The core components of human nature that drive it can't be set aside. Any system that doesn't acknowledge that reality will ultimately break down.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BroncoBeavis View Post

              Unfortunately for Karl, history showed us that Party Comrades can be even less relenting than the love of money.

              Capitalism Is. The core components of human nature that drive it can't be set aside. Any system that doesn't acknowledge that reality will ultimately break down.
              I'd like to see what other systems run like when not constantly being undermined by US backed death squads and saboteurs to test your theory.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by OleNumber7 View Post

                I'd like to see what other systems run like when not constantly being undermined by US backed death squads and saboteurs to test your theory.
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                • #9
                  The Japanese work week is 6 days. That doesn't include the number of hours they usually work (around 11).

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by elsid13 View Post
                    The Japanese work week is 6 days. That doesn't include the number of hours they usually work (around 11).
                    Yeah, fatigue is probably a much bigger factor there as well.

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                    • #11
                      I waste AT LEAST one full workday just jacking around on this message board. 4 day work weeks would be amazing...

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                      • #12
                        Yes!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BroncoBeavis View Post

                          Unfortunately for Karl, history showed us that Party Comrades can be even less relenting than the love of money.

                          Capitalism Is. The core components of human nature that drive it can't be set aside. Any system that doesn't acknowledge that reality will ultimately break down.
                          But they can be controlled. At least by grownups, anyway.

                          "Greed is good" proponents seem to have no trouble setting aside "core components" like self-restraint, self-discipline, etc.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TonyR View Post
                            Not to be racist but the Japanese are superior in almost every single way to the American workforce. Having worked in a company that has a heavy presence in Japan I can speak directly to their work ethic and technical ability across all engineering disciplines.

                            At my current employer full of soft American Millenials in the tech industry we get a 9/80 schedule where it’s every other Friday off . Many people take all Friday’s off or leave on their Friday at noon. It’s a completely different mindset here with our entitled workforce.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rmsanger View Post

                              Not to be racist but the Japanese are superior in almost every single way to the American workforce. Having worked in a company that has a heavy presence in Japan I can speak directly to their work ethic and technical ability across all engineering disciplines.

                              At my current employer full of soft American Millenials in the tech industry we get a 9/80 schedule where it’s every other Friday off . Many people take all Friday’s off or leave on their Friday at noon. It’s a completely different mindset here with our entitled workforce.
                              Excuse people who expect more out of life than just working somewhere 40 hours a week until they die.

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