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Experiment With 3-Day Weekend Boosts Worker Productivity By 40 Percent

It turns out, not squeezing employees dry like a sponge is maybe a good thing

Experiment With 3-Day Weekend Boosts Worker Productivity By 40 Percent

I'm constantly suprised by people's astonishment that happy and well rested people perform better. Of course what tht means is different for every company.

For one month last August, the company implemented a three-day weekend every week, giving 2,300 employees every Friday off during the month.

Employees took 25.4 percent fewer days off during the month, printed 58.7 percent fewer pages, and used 23.1 percent less electricity in the office (since it was closed an extra day). All of these saved the company quite a bit of money.

Productivity went up by a staggering 39.9 percent. That means even though the employees were at work for less time, more work was actually getting done!

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