It is well-known that Korean’s working hour is the most in OECD nations. I can’t almost leave my office at closing time. When I go home from work at closing time, my co-workers think that I have less things to do. As a result, I also feel unusual when I go home at closing time. It may be because I have been raised in company as like.
Followings are referred from Forbes. The whole sentence is linked as below
If you thought you worked long hours, consider 39-year-old Lee from South Korea. A civil servant at the ministry of agriculture and fisheries, Lee gets up at 5:30 a.m. every day, gets dressed and makes a two-hour commute into Seoul to start work at 8:30 a.m. After sitting at a computer for most of the day, Lee typically gets out the door at 9 p.m., or even later.
By the time he gets home, it’s just a matter of jumping in the shower and collapsing into bed, before starting the whole routine all over again, about four hours later. This happens six days a week, and throughout almost all of the year, as Lee gets just three days of vacation.
That’s right. Three days.
At glace, it is a poor life. It is like going round and round. Next sentence is more awful. “But, his schedule is completely normal in South Korea, …” In the middle of whole sentence, there are following sentences – “Korean people are severely concerned about their boss’s thinking,” “A Korean’s identity comes from his title at work” and “This is an authoritarian corporate culture.” Those all right. Co-workers in my company are also concerned about desk removing when they plan vacations.
Though Koreans work long time, their working efficiency is very low. But, many bosses think that long time in work-place makes many outputs. But it is not true. Studying long time doesn’t make good score. Efficiency is an important factor in working. In fact, effecienty becomes very low if people expect they should work for many hours over office time. I think that it is better for employees and company to concentrate on work in office time and enjoy leisure after leaving workplace. It is important that culture should be changed in order to live as this.
However, since Myong-bak Lee became the President of Korea, he demand that working time of civil officers should be increased, and some organizations came back to six days working in a week. What a patheic Korea!!