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Automation Technology Spells Retirement Risk for Older Office Workers: BOK

Automation Technology Spells Retirement Risk for Older Office Workers: BOK

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — The introduction of automation technology increases the retirement risk for older office workers, a central bank report said Tuesday. The Bank of Korea (BOK) traced the employment situation of 962,404 workers between 25 and 69 years of age at 3,033 companies for three years from 2015 to 2017. The [...]

Most Workers Still Can’t Afford to Make Use of Flexible Work Arrangements

Most Workers Still Can’t Afford to Make Use of Flexible Work Arrangements

SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Despite the steady growth of flexible work arrangements, the number of South Korean workers who can’t afford to take advantage of such benefits remains significant, a business lobby said Wednesday. According to an analysis of data from Statistics Korea conducted by the Federation of Korean Industries, the number of [...]

Workers Using Flexible Work Arrangements Enjoy Improvement in Work-Life Balance: Poll

Workers Using Flexible Work Arrangements Enjoy Improvement in Work-Life Balance: Poll

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — More than 7 out of 10 South Korean office workers using flexible work systems felt an improvement in both productivity and work-life balance, a survey showed Monday. According to a survey conducted by the Federation of Korean Industries of 723 wage workers, 73.3 percent of those using flexible work [...]

Most Parcel Delivery Workers Work 6 Days a Week with Only 30 Minutes of Rest per Day: Poll

Most Parcel Delivery Workers Work 6 Days a Week with Only 30 Minutes of Rest per Day: Poll

SEOUL, Aug. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Most parcel delivery personnel are working under poor labor conditions, in which they have to work six days a week, a major umbrella labor group said Thursday. The Federation of Korean Trade Unions conducted a survey on the labor environment of 210 delivery service workers who are affiliated with [...]

Employers Mandated to Ensure Adequate Rest Even for Indoor Workers During Heat Waves

Employers Mandated to Ensure Adequate Rest Even for Indoor Workers During Heat Waves

SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — It has become mandatory for South Korean employers to provide adequate rest even to indoor workers during heat waves. The Ministry of Employment and Labor announced that an amendment to the subordinate ordinance of the Occupational Safety and Health Act will take effect from Wednesday. The existing provision No. [...]

IT Industry Instructs Staff to Work from Home in Quick Response to Heavy Rain

IT Industry Instructs Staff to Work from Home in Quick Response to Heavy Rain

SEOUL, Aug. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — With record-breaking rain hitting Seoul and Gyeonggi Province on Monday, major corporations asked employees to work from home. Companies with prior work-from-home experience during the pandemic were able to quickly respond to the situation. Samsung Electronics instructed all employees struggling with the morning flood to work from home. LG [...]

64 pct of Workers Believe Productivity Increased After Pandemic: Survey

64 pct of Workers Believe Productivity Increased After Pandemic: Survey

SEOUL, June 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Ever since the pandemic has changed how we work, more than half of all workers believe that it has increased productivity. Accounting firm EY Hanyoung conducted a survey of 17,000 individuals including the management staff and employees from some 1,500 companies in 22 countries, in which 64 percent of [...]

COVID-19 Pandemic Reduces Sexual Harassment at Work: Poll

COVID-19 Pandemic Reduces Sexual Harassment at Work: Poll

SEOUL, June 8 (Korea Bizwire) — The changing working environment caused by the pandemic has led to dwindling cases of sexual harassment, a survey showed Tuesday. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family conducted a poll of 15,158 employees at public institutions and private companies, with 4.8 percent of respondents saying that they had been [...]

Office Workers Frustrated over ‘Wedding Rushes’ and Cash Gifts

Office Workers Frustrated over ‘Wedding Rushes’ and Cash Gifts

SEOUL, May 16 (Korea Bizwire) — A 27-year-old office worker surnamed Kim has been ‘bombed’ with three wedding invitations. Now, he has to give out 300,000 won (US$233) in cash as gifts. “There were almost no weddings happening during the pandemic era, so I didn’t have to spend as much,” he said. “Now, though, wedding [...]