75 pct of companies to continue remote work scheme after pandemic: poll

SEOUL-- Most businesses that have adopted at-home remote work programs due to COVID-19 plan to continue the policy even after the end of the pandemic, a poll showed Thursday.

In the recent labor ministry survey conducted on 620 businesses currently using remote work policies, 75.2 percent said they plan to either continue the scheme at the current level or partially downscale it when the pandemic ends.

The poll said 11.3 percent of businesses intend to stop the remote work scheme when the pandemic ends.

Of the companies willing to maintain the scheme at the current level, 53.6 percent said they saw no difference in productivity compared with that under at-office work, while 20.5 percent cited the strong intention to do so by management.

More than two-thirds of workers at such companies expressed hope to continue remote work after the pandemic. Mostly working parents with young children preferred the remote work system, according to the ministry.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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