SK Group has introduced a four-day workweek system that allows employees to work four days a week every other week.
The SK Supex Promotion Council and the group’s holding company SK Corp. began to fully implement the four-day workweek from this year after running it tentatively at the end of last year, the group said on May 20.
Basically, employees of the SK Supex Promotion Council and SK Corp. now take off the second and fourth Fridays of every month. However, even though employees do not go to work on the second and fourth Fridays of every month, some of them still go to work on those days by turns to handle important business events, an SK Corp. official said
The measure was introduced to deal with the implementation of a 52-hour workweek system, which can cause legal problems at affiliates in the energy, biotech, pharmaceutical and material sectors where employees have to work overtime frequently.
Employees are showing positive responses. The group says that the system has been fully established because employees favored it.
However, it is still unclear whether the four-day workweek will spread to all SK Group affiliates, given that each affiliate has its own characteristics. "The working conditions of each affiliate are different and it will be difficult to apply the four-day workweek system to companies where many employees work at production lines," an SK group official said.