In 2016, the internet was awash with stories of ‘death from overwork’ in Japan. Karoshi as it is known is a genuine phenomenon which puts 20% of Japan’s employees at risk.

Japan is making efforts to establish a better work-life balance, recognising the risks posed to its workforce from too much work and too little play.

Yahoo! Japan is considering a 3-day weekend in order to achieve a better balance (more detail here). Yes, the same Yahoo! that notoriously banned working from home following Marissa Meyer’s appointment.

Could an extra weekend day actually be a wise move? Could the loss of productivity from those low-productive Fridays be offset by the increase in loyalty, commitment and effort from your workforce Monday to Thursday?

We are seriously interested in this as an idea. #4dayweek. Pass it on!

Beware… Karoshi

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