The idea is linked to the introduction last February of “Premium Fridays”, where firms are encouraged to allow employees to clock off early and go home to their families or help boost consumer spending.

The latest scheme envisages allowing employees to take the morning off on the Monday following the last Friday of the month.

The ministry tested the idea last Monday, allowing almost a third of its staff to arrive at the office after lunch. Officials said the absence of hundreds of employees throughout the morning had not negatively affected the ministry’s work, according to the Sora News 24 website.