How Overworked Are Koreans? | Street Interview

Did you know that South Koreans work an average of 1,915 hours a year? Based on the most recent data available from the OECD, that’s the highest among all countries in Asia and the 5th highest in the world. Recently, the government faced a massive backlash when they tried to increase the weekly cap on working hours from 52 to 69. For now, the government had to drop the idea. But how do Koreans feel about their current work hours and why do so many people have to work overtime in the first place? Our Asian Boss reporter hit the streets of Seoul to find out. 

The opinions expressed in this video are those of individual interviewees alone and do not reflect the views of ASIAN BOSS or the general South Korean population.

0:00 - Intro
0:31 - How many hours do you work per day? 
1:55 - Governments’ (failed) plan to increase weekly work hours to 69
4:39 - Why do so many Koreans have to work overtime? 
9:44 - Have you ever wanted to quit because of overtime work? 
12:13 - Death by overwork
15:11 - How important is work-life balance for you? 
18:18 - Do younger people want to work less hard? 
20:24 - Do you think Korea will ever enforce a 4-day work week



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