Suwon-based Samsung Electronics has reportedly announced plans to permit part of its South Korean workforce to work from home under the company’s pilot initiative in efforts to combat resurgence in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country. The company has defined the eligibility criteria for some employees from the company’s mobile phone and consumer electronics divisions to apply for the pilot.
Workers applying for Samsung’s teleworking program will be allowed to work from home from the month of September. The company has decided to run the remote working initiative for a complete month before making any decision regarding the expansion of this teleworking program.
For the uninitiated, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., is a South Korean multinational electronics company based in the Yeongtong District of Suwon. The company was founded in 1969 by Lee Byung-chul. Subsidiaries of Samsung Electronics comprise SmartThings, Samsung Electronics Service, Harman Electronics, and others.
Sources cite that Samsung’s production has not been affected due to the resurgence in coronavirus cases. The company has, however, stated that those working in its chip business division will be allowed to work in a remote manner following the assessment of its work-from-home system.
The company has already been providing remote working facilities to its employees from February. However, the scheme is only operational for employees who are pregnant or diagnosed with underlying diseases.
In the past few weeks, several cases of COVID-19 involving Samsung’s employees at its site or near Seoul have been witnessed. An employee at the company’s mobile division has tested positive with coronavirus, resulting in temporary closure of Samsung’s operations in one of its buildings.
As per reports, South Korea recorded 441 new coronavirus cases as of Wednesday. According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the newly found infections, most cases are from the Seoul metropolitan area.