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Shorter Workweek Brings Seismic Change to Overtime Culture in S. Korea

Shorter Workweek Brings Seismic Change to Overtime Culture in S. Korea

SEOUL, Jul. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — Until a year ago, Hong In-young, who works at an affiliate company of Samsung Group, never thought of learning something for a hobby as she was exhausted due to endless overtime work. But since a shorter workweek system, called the 52-hour workweek, was implemented in South Korea in July [...]

Small Businesses Introduce Work-Life Balance Policies for Employees

Small Businesses Introduce Work-Life Balance Policies for Employees

SEOUL, Jun. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — The culture of so-called ‘work and life balance’ is spreading throughout small and medium sized firms in South Korea through various policies including a four-day workweek and special leaves of absence offered between national holidays. Small and medium-sized companies are beginning to offer various welfare incentives, pointed a major [...]

Private Sector Employees Taking Paternity Leave Increase 47 pct in 2018

Private Sector Employees Taking Paternity Leave Increase 47 pct in 2018

SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of private sector employees taking paternity leave surged by nearly 47 percent last year, government data showed Wednesday, amid a societywide campaign to promote a work-life balance. According to the Ministry of Employment and Labor, 17,662 male private sector employees took parental leave in 2018, up 46.7 [...]

South Korean Retailers to Prioritize Employee Work-Life Balance

South Korean Retailers to Prioritize Employee Work-Life Balance

SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — Following the government’s move to shorten legal working hours, an increasing number of South Korean retailers are expected to help employees achieve a healthy work-life balance. The Environment & Labor Committee at the National Assembly passed a reform bill today that prohibits employees from working more than 52 hours in [...]

Work-Life Balance Point of Emphasis for S. Korea’s Millennials

Work-Life Balance Point of Emphasis for S. Korea’s Millennials

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — “Work-life balance”, “feel-good value”, “more mobile” and “relationship ennui”. These four phrases espouse the lifestyle preferences of South Korea’s millennial generation, according to a big data analysis of 12 billion posts on social networking services conducted by advertising agency HS Ad. Referring to young adults born between the early [...]

Shinsegae to Reduce Working Hours Without Wage Cut

Shinsegae to Reduce Working Hours Without Wage Cut

SEOUL, Dec. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s retail giant Shinsegae said Friday it will reduce its employees’ working hours to 35 per week starting next year as part of its efforts to improve their work-life balance. It will mark the first case for a local conglomerate to adopt the 35-hour working week policy, when [...]