LG Electronics wants to foster culture of getting off work on time

SEOUL, Oct. 22 (Yonhap) -- Home appliance giant LG Electronics Inc. has encouraged its employees to finish their work on time as much as possible in a bid to promote work efficiency and productivity, officials said Tuesday.

LG Electronics said that the company encourages its employees in its headquarters in Seoul to get off work on time every payday.

The company also designates a special day on which its workers are permitted to leave the office at 6:00 p.m. to have more time with their families, according to LG Electronics.

"When people fully take a rest, work efficiency and productivity tend to rise," said an official at LG Electronics.

LG Electronics is among Korean companies that are seeking to help their employees juggle work and private life in a balanced way in a society where long working hours used to be regarded as a path to success.

In September, Hanwha Group, whose businesses range from insurance to construction, launched the flexible work system for pregnant workers by cutting working hours.

South Korea's current standard workweek stands at eight hours a day and 40 hours per week, but in many workplaces, Koreans are working overtime.

The government and the ruling party are seeking to push for a bill aimed at reducing the maximum working hours per week to 52 hours in 2016 from the current 68 hours.

As the value of striking a balance between work and private life is gaining more impetus, more companies are drawing up measures to improve working conditions or shorten working hours. But many Korean workers are still working overtime.

According to a survey by the Federation of Korean Trade Unions in April, 81 percent of 587 workers surveyed said that they work more than 40 hours per week.

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