Samsung Trialing Work-From-Home Scheme As COVID-19 Cases Surge In South Korea
Samsung Electronics will begin trialing a work-from-home scheme for some employees in September 2020. The company is taking the measure because South Korea is dealing with its largest increase in COVID-19 cases since March 2020.
A company source revealed that the pilot scheme will be open to some employees at its mobile phone and consumer electronics divisions according to Reuters. However, the work-from-home scheme will be assessed and afterward, may be implemented more broadly.
An employee at the company’s mobile division tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the week. As a consequence, the company has had to temporarily close one of its buildings. The affected building is at its headquarters in Suwon, south of Seoul.
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In April 2020, Samsung said it had established regional response teams for its workforce worldwide. It had also “strongly advised employees to work from home where possible.”
In June 2020, Samsung Electronics had to close its South Korean research centers ordering 1,200 employees to work from home after an employee’s child tested positive for COVID-19.
South Korea reported 441 new COVID-19 cases as of 26th August 2020. The figure is the highest number of daily infections since March for the country. Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that most of the cases are in the Seoul metropolitan area.
South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, has described the recent surge as “the biggest crisis since coronavirus came into our country”. Samsung says despite the recent surge, its production is still continuing on schedule and will trial the work-from-home scheme for the safety of its employees
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