Samsung Electronics widens flex-time scheme

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Samsung Electronics widens flex-time scheme

Samsung Electronics said yesterday it will expand its experimental flexible working system to all employees and executives working at design and R&D divisions.

Employees at those units work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but beginning next month they will be able to work four-hour days as long as they make up the time to equal 40 hours a week, the company said.

The world’s largest seller of smartphones, memory chips and televisions introduced the flexible work system in 2012, allowing employees to start work anytime between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. and work at least four hours.

About 5,000 employees and executives at the Samsung Electronics semiconductor research institute in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi, and digital media & communications unit in Suwon participated in the pilot program.

Last October, the company expanded the system to its wireless, home appliance and TV units.

An additional 45,000 employees at divisions related to design and R&D will be eligible for the program under the expansion, the company said.

Under the new system, employees and executives will be allowed to start work between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. For instance, a person can come to work at 6 p.m. and leave at 10 p.m.

The system has not yet been applied to the company’s business units related to administration and production.

“It [the flexible work system] is for those who are at the business units, whose work by nature requires them to work late hours and meet with business partners outside frequently,” said an official of Samsung Electronics. “It is to make an environment in which they work efficiently and autonomously.”

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