2020 saw many organisations needing to make changes to their ways of working due to COVID-19. Stepping into 2021, remote working in Korea remains one of these major changes many leaders and HR professionals have to adapt and implement at their workplace.
How has remote working in Korea been received?
Recent research from JobKorea found Koreans have been working at home for an average of 52 days in 2020.
With large organizations leading the change in ways of working with an average of 61 days of remote work per employee.
2021 looks to be a year that working remotely will carry on for a lot of us in Korea. 57.4 % said they would prefer to work remotely until COVID 19 is over.
How are the employees feeling about remote working in Korea?
There are apparently mixed feelings about remote working in Korea.
Millennials and Gen Zs really like the aspect of not having to attend team dinners, after-work gatherings anymore.
Most also stated that remote working in Korea, (especially in Seoul) is great since they don’t have to deal with the rush hour commute.
On the other side of the coin, some Koreans felt that isolation is an issue and found communication can be a challenge when working remotely, as they felt remote working hinder their responsiveness to unexpected situations at work. Instant messaging volumes shot up on Kakao messenger which added to the work pressure.
Some just found it is a challenge to concentrate outside their office.
No.1 concerns from managers regarding remote working in Korea
The no.1 concern from Korean managers for their remote working subordinates is are they working? That has seen a rise in popularity in attendance tracking, work monitoring applications.
Applications such as Jobcan provide attendance tracking, clocking recording, shift creation, features that go as far as GPS tracking and even biometric recording device compatibility.
Depending on the organisation’s implementation and approach, the data gathered could make a huge difference in people analytics and provide deep insight into performance evaluation, process improvement, culture implementation or make employees feeling they are George Orwell novel.