The South Korean Government has made a decision to stop the employees from working over-time. It has decided to force the workaholics to leave their home on time. Seoul’s Metropolitan Government plans to achieve this by ‘shutting down’ or powering-off the computer systems of the employees after official working hours. This effort will be rolling out in three phases.
The First Phase
The first phase will witness the shut-down of computer systems at 8:00 pm. This will be in effect on March 30, 2018.
The Second Phase
The second phase will begin in the month of April 2018. In this phase, the employees’ computers will be powered- off at 7:30 pm on the second and fourth Fridays of the month.
The Third Phase
The third phase will begin in the month of May 2018 when the computer systems will be shut down at 7:00 pm itself on all the Fridays of the month.
However, certain exemptions might be made in the special cases. As per sources, 67% of the employees have already laid out their reasons to get exempted. Anyhow, there are high chances that their requests will be declined.
South Korea has always had serious issues with the employees working over-time. On an average, an employee in Seoul puts in 1,000 hours of extra work per year when compared with those in other developed nations. This fact might affect the employees’ health in the long-term.
This is not being witnessed for the first time. The employees in France have been given legal rights to not answer any work-related calls or emails after the official working hours. Amazed by the government’s rules? Click here for strange rules for schools set up in South Korea.