Many companies in Japan have adopted a four-day workweek and many other firms are exploring the option in order to secure talent by offering more diverse ways to work. However, before you think of moving to Japan here’s what you need to know: in a four-day workweek employees complete their 40 work hours in four days of 10 work hours each instead of working for eight hours on five days. Retailers and parcel delivery service companies are taking a lead in the new work schedule format. Some companies which have adopted the new format are even offering their employees a chance to take second jobs to help them make up for any lost time, according to the Japan Times.
Yahoo Japan Corporation had also jumped on the four-day workweek bandwagon, but only a few employees work on a four-day workweek schedule. Kentaro Kawabe President of Yahoo Japan said ”I want the employees to spend more time outside the office, this will boost their creativity”.
At Yahoo Japan, the programme is intended for employees raising children or employees who are providing nursing care, but it wants to make the programme available to all employees. A company spokesperson said, ”We have just adopted this system, so we do not know what the challenges will be”.
Employees working under the four-day workweek will earn less than their counterparts who work for five days as they will get reduced incomes due to decreased overtime.
Delivery firm Sagawa Express has started recruiting drivers under the four-day workweek in a few areas of operation. The firm estimates that an employee working on a four-day workweek will earn between ¥270,000 to ¥360,000 a month, compared to someone who works under a five-day workweek ¥300,000 to ¥430,000, Japan Times reported.