SEOUL, June 27 (Korea Bizwire) — IT companies that introduced so-called ‘workation’ policies are planning for their expansion due to popular demand.
Line Plus Corp., a mobile service subsidiary of South Korea’s leading internet portal Naver Corp., introduced Line Hybrid Work 1.0 which allows staff members to work remotely from any location in the country.
The firm deemed that employees had fully adjusted to the ‘workation’ policy as of this month, and decided to allow staff to work from locations outside of the country, as long as it is within time zones with less than a four-hour time difference, starting next month.
Travel platform operator Yanolja Co. introduced a workation period in October of last year, which allowed staff members to work from Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, for one week.
In May, the company held a two-week workation stint in Donghae, Gangwon Province and Yeosu, South Jeolla Province as part of its efforts to expand the program.
AI solution startup Upstage has been implementing a ‘full-remote’ working policy ever since the company was first established in October 2020 to allow staff members to work at any time, anywhere.
There are some concerns, however, that workations may hurt work efficiency if the company and employees aren’t sufficiently prepared for their introduction.
“Employers will face the challenge of keeping the employee’s work records. Working remotely may undermine direct communications between staff, and discourage quick response to emergency situations,” an industry official said.
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