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Korean Firms Shift from Remote Work as COVID-19 Eases

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Seoul, South Korea—As conditions continue improving due to the global pandemic, South Korean companies adjust their remote working policies accordingly. 

This shift's objective is to enhance collaboration and productivity. However, the changes have been met with a diverse range of responses.

SK Telecom has announced plans to limit remote work to once a week, beginning February 1, 2023. 

The company has indicated that this decision will enhance communication and collaboration while maintaining employee flexibility.

Similarly, after a six-month pilot program, Kakao Entertainment will transition to an "office first" work system in March. 

The pilot program permitted employees to work from various locations but required them to adhere to specific hours for collaborative work.

These policy changes reflect a broader trend of companies reassessing remote work practices. 

Firms are evaluating the advantages of remote work, including flexibility and expanded talent pools, compared to the perceived benefits of in-office work, including improved collaboration.

The transition from a fully remote workforce to a hybrid model presents challenges for companies, requiring them to balance productivity concerns with employee preferences and well-being. 

As the situation resulting from the ongoing pandemic continues to evolve, companies are anticipated to adapt their work policies in response.