March 25, 2023


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The work dilemma

The work dilemma
The work dilemma

Lee Eun-hyung
The writer is a professor of enterprise administration at Kookmin College.

In fact, IT corporations are the primary. Beginning this month, Line Plus, which is answerable for abroad operations for the messenger service Line, will begin a Hybrid 2.0 work system that utterly breaks the restrictions of the office. Workers are allowed to work in abroad areas with a time distinction of lower than 4 hours from Korean Commonplace Time. Kakao is permitting working from residence, beginning with a metaverse work system, together with one in-office attendance per week. Naver permits staff to decide on between three in-office days and absolutely working from residence each six months.

Work hours are getting shorter. Kakao introduced a biweekly Friday off, and IT schooling firm Hunet introduced a four-day workweek. Toss Financial institution, a web based financial institution, has already carried out autonomous telecommuting and a bi-weekly four-day workweek. Smaller start-ups and IT corporations are trying a brand new regular of labor within the “endemic period.”

In truth, nobody can make sure that this new regular is the precise reply for IT corporations. Maybe they initiated the change because it was instantly essential however gained’t be sooner or later.

Because the pandemic is ending, industries began to consider a brand new work system. Emergency adjustments made to adapt to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic should be reconsidered, however merely reverting to the pre-pandemic system isn’t the reply. We can not return to the pre-pandemic work system nor the work system in the course of the pandemic. In brief, we have to set up new requirements, however we don’t have a set reply or a precedent for benchmarking. The time has come to set out for the vacation spot, however we don’t know the coordinates.

Organizations world wide are confused. Whereas some international tech corporations shortly tailored earn a living from home as the brand new regular, others need staff again within the workplace. Progress isn’t easy as a result of a backlash from staff. Twitter and Airbnb introduced everlasting telecommuting, however selecting that isn’t simple for many enterprises. Apple diminished earn a living from home and introduced a plan to have staff within the workplace three days per week. Ian Goodfellow, who was answerable for key future tasks reminiscent of Apple Automobile, determined to depart Apple and be part of Google, the place full earn a living from home is in place.

Not too long ago, Elon Musk despatched an e-mail to Tesla staff saying, “The extra senior you might be, the extra seen have to be your presence.” The e-mail was met with anger and resistance from staff. There may be additionally a national-level experiment. Within the UK, 3,300 staff have been testing a four-day workweek for six months from June. The UK plans to mirror the leads to a nationwide coverage after checking whether or not productiveness might be maintained if staff work 4 days per week with out pay cuts.

Members of organizations need to earn a living from home, however conditions should not easy, as telework isn’t the best choice for all organizations. Work techniques fluctuate relying on industries and organizations. The spectrum is vast, from corporations that require full offline operations with all staff in workplace to versatile organizations that may freely implement telework or hybrid work. We have to search probably the most optimized plan for every group.

Fortuitously, all organizations have skilled some type of versatile work system in the course of the pandemic. We have to analyze the non permanent measures in response to the pandemic and search a brand new path. The answer ought to have the business, job perform, organizational traits, and tradition in thoughts.

Leaders usually have a unfavorable view of telecommuting. They really feel anxious after they can not examine work straight. In addition they consider inventive concepts come out and issues are solved when members interact and work together. In the meantime, most staff desire a versatile working system and declare that productiveness doesn’t lower in comparison with in-person work. Leaders and members can reinforce strengths and make up the weaknesses by creating the optimum work system collectively.

The age of nice transformation has begun. Leaders should discover a new regular for his or her organizations by working with personnel division officers. 
Translation by the Korea JoongAng Day by day workers.