Workers Say No to Forced Weekly Drinking Sessions
Staff at Daewoo Engineering and Construction believe the traditional Korean after-work gatherings are still necessary but should not ruin their Friday nights, and once a month is enough.
Daewoo polled 1,604 staffers on May 9-22. Even though some 90 percent of the company's staff are male and an average worker has served the builder for 12 years, the general feeling is that they need no enforced hard drinking sessions every Friday.
Some 88 percent said the gatherings are necessary, but 45 percent said once a month is enough, followed by once in 2-3 weeks (23 percent), once a quarter (17 percent), ad once a week (six percent). Only an unsociable six percent said never.
A majority did not want the gatherings on Fridays (74 percent), followed by Mondays (13 percent). Asked about drinking, a sober 59 percent said no alcohol at all would be necessary, while 23 percent thought about half a bottle of soju is enough and 13 percent one bottle.
Asked what needs to change, 22 percent cited forcing everyone to attend regardless of their personal situation. Others include running on late into the night (15 percent) and ad-hoc gathering that throw everyone's plans out of whack (14percent).
Hong Sung-tae at Hanyang University said the responses reflect a growing impatience with enforced conviviality and a preference among workers to spend their free time as they see fit.