Here are some South Korean work ethics to know

Here are some South Korean work ethics to know

Wherever we work, we will certainly find regular procedures and ethics that must be obeyed by our employees. If we can properly adhere to ethics in the area we work, then we will be liked by other employees and even the head of the company.

However, if we do not comply with the ethics and regular procedures that have been determined by the company, then our bad influence can be removed from the company. It’s unfortunate that that’s the case, because keeping track of decent work is so hard. Especially in other countries like South Korea.

Some of the ethics while working that I will discuss here are ethics while working in South Korean companies available in the country (TKI status). For you fans to work in South Korea, Ethics in working South Korea must be known. Without regard to ethics while working, then generally migrant workers will be subject to sanctions derived from the head of the company (sajangnim). And if very often violate the ethics, it could be that the migrant workers are issued unfavorably from the company.

This Is South Korea’s Work Ethic To Understand

Here are some South Korean work ethics to know
Here are some South Korean work ethics to know

The point is that ethics while working in all companies is certainly the same, both domestic and foreign companies. Companies will certainly impose provisions for employees not to be late to enter the company and so forth. But for employees or migrant workers who are working in Korean companies or factories, there is a difference. The difference lies in the pronunciation and expression of greetings to friends, superiors, or subordinates while meeting in the company environment.

When working in a South Korean factory, saying hello while meeting friends, superiors, and subordinates is a must. Then the expression of the body when saying the greeting should be bowing. The rules are as such :

  • Bowing 15 – this bending activity is called Light bowing. Light bowing activities are carried out when we are in the restroom or hallway of a housing or apartment in order to acknowledge their existence. Then while entering the company as well, we may carry out this light bending activity. This is done after saying “Annyeong Haseyo”.
  • Bowing 30 – this bending activity is called normal bowing. This normal bowing activity is usually carried out by Koreans when welcoming and leaving their customers. We in the company or factory are recommended to carry out this normal bow when we meet with superiors or senior employees.
  • Bowing 45 – this is an expression of greeting while bowing last, named bowing politely. Usually Koreans do this polite bowing activity when thanking or when asking for forgiveness. This bowed expression is the most polite expression. This must be done also when we are in the middle of activities in the company.

The custom of greeting followed by bowing down is best done politely and kindly. We don’t wait for others to say hello, say hello more ever by US. When meeting other people, don’t just bend over. But it’s best to greet them with a friendly face. But if you are in a situation that is not possible, for example you are working then just give a nod of head only.

In addition to the normality of bowing activities, in Korea there is also a handshake activity. But in this handshake activity there are certain requirements or ethics. Here’s the etiquette when we want to shake hands with Koreans to be polite :

  • In shaking hands in Korea who must lend a hand especially first are seniors;
  • Then if you get a senior available who is happy to shake hands with you, then you should express with respect while bowing slightly;
  • It’s rude to put your left hand on someone else’s hand. However, this only applies to subordinates to superiors only. This means that seniors can do this to show affection for you.

Maybe that’s just more than one ethic in South Korea’s work that is different from ours. For other ethics while working I think there are still similarities with ethics available in the country of Indonesia, including :

  • Had to stop by the work area 10 minutes early to give while well prepared;
  • Avoid making special phone calls or making special business-related calls during business hours;
  • Work well and don’t delegate your work to others;
  • Organize or tidy up your environment more or less before leaving the work area;
  • Always prioritize hard-working and diligent activities at work;
  • Always appear friendly and humble;
  • Be honest and sincere;
  • Build a soul of professionalism and a soul of Service;
  • Love your job and keep learning.

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