We hear so much about work life balance and how happy employees often boost productivity while at work. But is it actually achievable while everyone is still working toward retirement?

Recently, NPR.org did a story about how Microsoft Japan experimented with a four-day work week over the summer and had tremendous success.

There was a 40% boost in productivity, and a 23% decrease in electricity costs. All meetings during the summer months were cut from 60 minutes to 30 minutes, with only five employees allowed in attendance. Another interesting fact was that employees who took Friday off also printed 60% fewer pages, which resulted in the company cutting costs.

Everyone who is reading this and currently employed would love to jump on the four-day work week band wagon but personally I don't see it happening anytime soon as companies would be nervous about losing profits with the lost hours.

Do you think the four-day work week would ever be achievable here in the United States?