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South Korea will shut off computers to stop public servants from working overtime

According to BBC, South Korea will try and combat the culture of working overtime, the government in Seoul is introducing a new way that will ensure its employees leave on time by shutting down all computers at 8 p.m. on Fridays.

The “shutdown initiative” is being rolled out in three phases across the next three months starting March, all Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) employees will have their computers shut down by 8 p.m. on Fridays.

The second phase begins in April and will see the computers shut down at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of each month. The final phase starts in May when the shutdown will take place at 7 p.m. every Friday. According to a SMG statement, all employees will be subjected to the shutdown, though exemptions may be provided in special circumstances.
Majority of workers aren’t on-board with this and have asked to be exempted from the initiative.

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