The four-day week put to the test in spring in the ministries

The four-day week experiment in ministries will begin in spring and last “at least a year”according to a note from the administration consulted on Tuesday, March 26 by Agence France-Presse, on the eve of a government seminar on labor.

Announced in January by the Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, this experiment aims to evaluate “the impact”particularly with regard to “balance between professional and personal life”of this modulation of working time that consists of concentrating hours in a reduced number of days.

“It will be done in constant numbers” and without reduction of the legal working day of 1,607 hours per year, insists the General Directorate of Administration and Public Function (DGAFP) in this note from Friday.

The experiment will take place both in Paris and in the services. “decentralized” (outside the capital) ministries. State operators “may be associated (…) If that seems relevant.”details the administration. “It will be up to each department head to determine the relevance” perform the experiment or not, he adds.

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Voluntarily “

The DGAFP hopes to finalize the list of services ready to test the modulation of the working day in April or May, and to immediately launch the first experiments. Modulation of working time will begin “no later than September 2024 for a period of at least one year”, specified in the note. A first evaluation will be carried out in the summer of 2025 and will be used to prepare “perpetuation or extension” of experimentation: the administration does not mention the scenario of an inconclusive experiment.

In addition to the four-day week, administrations may test the four-and-a-half-day week or the alternation of four- and five-day weeks. The experiment will be implemented based on “volunteering”but the officials who have “regulatory service obligations”such as teachers, or time cycles other than the traditional five-day week, will be excluded.

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His “logic” This “evaluate how the system would allow (…) benefit the greatest possible number of agents”and particularly those who do not have access to teleworking, “a reduction in days worked with presence on site”. In the public services that welcome users, “Naturally, the aperture ranges should not be reduced but, on the contrary, can be expanded due to the presence of agents in a wide range (hourly) spread daily »writes the DGAFP.

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