Japan Might Implement a Four-Day Workweek
The move would encourage better work-life balance.
Japan is pushing businesses to implement a four-day workweek, a move that would enhance work-life balance for employees.
According to Japan Times, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga detailed the recommendation in the country’s annual economic policy guidelines. The change would give workers more time to spend with their friends and families, as well as the chance to pursue further education. A shorter workweek would also help address Japan’s labor shortage.
This isn’t the first time Japan has toyed with the idea of a four-day work schedule. In 2019, Microsoft Japan implemented a temporary three-day weekend, which resulted in a 40 percent surge in productivity and reduced electricity consumption. Since 2017, Yahoo Japan has allowed employees to opt into a four-day work week.