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[Sponsored Report] Korean Air puts focus on employee happiness

Oct 31,2019
Korean Air employees and children take part in the airline’s Family Day event on Oct 20. at the company’s headquarters in Gangseo District, western Seoul. [KOREAN AIR]
Korean Air is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special focus on the happiness of its employees.

Starting this year, Korean Air has set a special focus on raising the happiness of employees so that they can take pride in working for the airline.

After letting employees choose their own lunch time, taking away the requirement for men wear a tie to work and modernizing the working environment, Korean Air is now allowing its employees to choose how they dress for work.

The company has increased communication with employees in the belief that a happy workforce is the key to successful corporate management and staying competitive in the market.

The airline also hosted a Family Day event on Oct. 20, inviting 1,600 children of employees to visit their parents’ workplace.

For the event, held at the Korean Air headquarters in Gangseo District, western Seoul, the company transformed a hangar into a mini theme park for the children, with a Boeing 787 airplane displayed alongside activities such as face painting, mini Olympics, a photo zone and snacks.

After the event, the company noticeboard was filled with compliments thanking the airline for providing a thoughtful event for employees and their family members.

Korean Air’s transformation does not end here.

The airline is also giving employees more freedom over what they wear to work and what time they eat lunch, as well as trying to ensure everybody is able to head home on time.

Korean Air will now have an automatic pop-up message that appears on computers at 5:30 p.m. telling employees it’s time to go home.
Even the dress code has become more lenient, a huge change for the corporation.

With the exception of cabin crew and those working in service fields, all employees are allowed to wear whatever they wish in order to create a more comfortable working environment and encourage creativity.

Cabin crew aren’t completely left out — Korean Air has also introduced its Wish Day policy, allowing flight attendants to take a day off whenever they want.

Other benefits include shortening round trip times, providing better facilities for night flights and minimizing changes in flight schedules to provide care for the cabin crew.

The Family Day event wasn’t the first time Korean Air has looked out for employees’ families.

Events such as Hanjin Shipping Global Leaders have also existed since 2015 to encourage the dreams of the sons and daughters of employees.

The program introduced the airplane and shipping industry to children and helps employees communicate with their children about their dreams.

By Kim Seung-Jun [kim.Seungjun@joongang.co.kr]


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