SEOUL, Jul. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE) will introduce a flexible work system in which workers can choose to work only four hours a day.
Employees can choose to work reduced hours and spend the rest of the day for childrearing, nursing or studying.
The office said that more than 400 government employees take leaves of absence from work for family matters and other issues.
When they come back to work, they have a hard time adjusting, resulting in decreased productivity.
The SMOE said that the new flexible work schedule will help employees to use their time flexibly while continuing to spend some time at work to keep track of work situations.
Any government employee working for the SMOE, regardless of their post, rank and reason for leave, can switch to the 4-hours-a-day work schedule.
They can also switch back to normal work hours whenever they want.
The SMOE is the only office to embrace a flexible work system among all education offices in Korea.
The office has also introduced a new human resource system to employ personnel which can contribute to building better schools in Seoul.
By Lina Jang (firstname.lastname@example.org)