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Main Work Ignored Due to Stock Investment

Apr 25,1999
As soon as Mr. Lee arrives at the office, where he is a company manager, he looks through the morning newspapers. Then he starts calling his friends at securities firms to check how the stock market is going.
When the market opens at 9 o'clock in the morning, he turns on his personal computer and concentrates on the day's trading and any emerging situations.
After finishing a simple lunch, he runs to a nearby securities office and collects more information, first hand, on potential buys. The problem for Mr. Lee is that he has very little time left for doing his real job at a large importing and exporting company.
He is not alone. As salary workers are increasingly absorbed in the stock market, their main work is the last thing on their minds.
One chaebol's director commented on this phenomenon, 'Almost everyone in my department spends at least two hours a day on their personal portfolios. Their conversation also concentrates on which stock looks good and who in the office has made gains.'
Daewoo Securities' Kim Jong Seok stated, 'At lunch time, a lot of men in ties are filling up our office.'
Under current economic conditions, salaried workers are more interested in speculation rather than regular work, which is causing inefficiency in the office.
Hwashik Bong : trojans@joongang.co.kr



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