The government of South Korea will launch a new initiative to stop the "extra work culture" by closing the computers at 8 p.m. on Fridays so workers can go home when they are supposed to, the BBC reports.
The Metropolitan Government of Seoul will implement the program during the next three months, starting on March 30. The program will have three stages: with a second stage from April, when the computers will be turned off at 7:30 PM on the second and fourth Friday of that month; and the final phase in May, when the computers will be closed before 7:00 p.m. every Friday. All employees are subject to the conditions, although 67.1 percent of government workers have asked to be exempt from the closure. The Korean government will consider exemptions in special circumstances.
According to reports, government workers in Korea work 2,738 hours per year, compared to 1,763 hours that the average public servant works in other developed countries. It is not the only government-sanctioned closure of electronic products, South Korea has previously ordered closures to ban Korean children from playing video games online between 12 and 6 in the morning.