France is the latest nation to affix the bandwagon in attempting the famed four-day work week. 

However in contrast to most different international locations which have piloted the system for a choose few firms, France is seeking to open up this system particularly for divorced parents who share youngster custody.

The French scheme, first reported by The Times of London on Monday, will kick off in September and apply to a choose group of civil servants. In observe, parents who’ve custody of their youngster solely on particular weeks can work for 4 days as an alternative of 5, below the brand new program. 

The 35-year-old Gabriel Attal, who grew to become France’s youngest prime minister earlier this yr, has spoken about experimenting with the four-day work week previously. In accordance with his plan, employees would spend longer in workplace on the times they’re working, in order that the time labored doesn’t drop from the stipulated 35 hours. 

Attal first launched the four-day week about two years in the past, when he was France’s price range minister. Now, he hopes to develop the system to use to the whole French workforce, The Instances reported. It’s nonetheless unclear if the hours shall be diminished for good or compensated by working additional on the opposite days of the week. 

Amongst Attal’s different proposed economic reforms are modifications to the minimal wage system and tax cuts for the center class.

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal.

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France has a urgent want for larger flexibility amongst co-parents—an estimated half a million youngsters (or 12% of the whole) within the nation swap between their parents on a weekly foundation, the outlet reported. 

Research have proven that youngsters of separated parents can negatively impression their standard of living, in line with a French demographic research institute INED. The brand new four-day system might assist by accommodating parents’ schedules to allow them to spend extra time with their youngsters whereas working their common jobs. 

The plan is up for dialogue at a authorities seminar next week

4-day work week throughout Europe

The urge for food for a four-day work week in France has been selecting up for years—on the flip of the century, it launched a 35-hour week. Since then, the needle has been shifting among the many French who’ve been warming as much as the concept of fewer days at work. Roughly 10,000 staff are already working four-day weeks, Le Monde reported.

There are large advantages available—one French firm, LDLC, tried out the compressed week and noticed that turnover was up 40% while not having to rent further expertise, in accordance to the World Economic Forum.  

A few of France’s European neighbors have had a few years’ head begin. Belgium, for occasion, launched a reform that provides folks the fitting to work 4 days instead of five. A number of different international locations, together with the U.Ok. and Iceland have all piloted a shorter work week and have seen overwhelmingly constructive outcomes. Workers mentioned they have been much less burnt out and extra productive below the brand new system.

Germany launched a trial of this system earlier this yr.

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