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Younger Workers Prioritize Work-Life Balance

(image: KobizMedia/ Korea Bizwire)

(image: KobizMedia/ Korea Bizwire)

SEOUL, May 4 (Korea Bizwire)According to a study on work-life balance released by BC Card on Thursday, younger workers were more likely to finish work “on the dot” between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

BC Card carried out the study that analyzed the credit card details of 210,000 office workers in their 30s, 40s and 50s who used public transport three times or more per week between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. from September of last year to March this year.

BC Card categorized those who get off work “on the dot” as individuals who used public transport between 6:00 p.m. and 6:59 pm. If credit cards were used to pay for public transportation between 8:00 p.m. and 8:59 p.m., the users were categorized as doing overtime.

According to the study’s results, an average 48.1 percent of the study’s subjects got off work “on the dot”. The rate was higher on Fridays at 50.7 percent and on “family day” Wednesdays at 49.3 percent.

A breakdown of the results by age showed that workers in their 30s were most likely to go home “on the dot” whereas 31.6 percent of those in their 40s and 25.6 percent in their 50s were able to get off work on time.

The numbers show that the older the worker, the less likely they were to go home on time.

However, being an older worker doesn’t mean that you’re always going to be working overtime. Overtime was most common for those in their 30s at 35.3 percent, followed by 32.5 percent for those in their 40s and 32.1 percent for 50-somethings.

The numbers show that of the workers in their 30s, there were many people who were either able to get off work on the dot or do overtime.

The study also showed that workers doing overtime were more likely to do online shopping before or during their commute.

Of those surveyed, 25.1 percent did their shopping online before getting to work, while 22.7 percent did so on their way to work, respectively 3.4 and 8.1 percentage points higher than for those who got off work on time.

The results indicated that those who were more likely to work overtime typically made the bulk of their purchases during the morning hours, according to BC Card.

H. S. Seo (

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