Workers Go Back to Telecommuting

  • By Song Hye-jin

    July 12, 2021 12:57

    Major conglomerates and IT companies are letting staff work from home again as lockdown in the Seoul metropolitan area was tightened further on Monday.

    Samsung Electronics has decided to allow up to 30 percent of staff in its home appliance and mobile divisions work from home. It also banned face-to-face meetings, training sessions or events.

    SK Group also decided to let all staff work from home. Only workers at SK Hynix, which has to keep microchip production lines running around the clock, will come in as usual. The company promised to check their health regularly.

    LG Electronics increased the ratio of staff working from home from 40 to 50 percent last Thursday, while Hanwha Group told subsidiaries to use discretion in keeping the ratio of telecommuting staff between one-third and 50 percent.

    POSCO increased the ratio of home-working staff from one third to two thirds, including all staff with elementary schoolchildren. KT decided to allow more than 30 percent of staff to work from home.

    Internet and game companies can afford to be more radical since most of their work takes place in cyberspace anyway. The big three game companies Nexon, NCSoft and Netmarble decided to let all staff work from home.

    At Naver and Kakao, practically all staff are already working from home.

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