South Korea’s government recently proposed a plan to reduce the country’s standard workweek from 68 hours to 69 hours. The plan has been met with backlash from young people in the country, who argue that the change will not make a meaningful difference in the quality of their lives.
Young people in South Korea are already facing a precarious job market, with many unable to find full-time employment. They argue that reducing the work week by just one hour per week does not address their needs and that the government should instead focus on creating more jobs and improving working conditions. They are also concerned that the extra hour will be used to increase the workload, rather than create a more balanced work-life balance.
The plan has also been criticized for not addressing the underlying issues of overwork and work-life balance in the country. Long hours and high stress levels are a major problem in South Korea, and reducing the work week by one hour does nothing to address these issues.
The government has argued that the plan will lead to an increase in productivity, but many young people counter that it will only lead to more stress, not better working conditions. They want the government to focus on more meaningful reform that will help create better working conditions and a more balanced life.