South Korea is “Forcing” Its Employees to shut off thier computers in an effort to stop a “culture of working overtime”

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Seoul has some of the longest working hours in the world, with government employees clocking in an average of 2,739 hours per year. That’s over 1000 hours more than other developed countries.

The shutdown rule, initiated by the Seoul metropolitan government, will power down all computers by 8:00 pm on Fridays. Phase two of the operation will shut them off by 7:30 pm, and phase three, in May, will force the lights off by 7:00 pm.

All employees are supposed to adhere to the shutdown unless they have an exemption due to special circumstances. Unsurprisingly over 67% of workers have requested to be excluded from the program.

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