Samsung is going through a tough time, as the semiconductor chip industry is going through its worst phase in the recent past. To improve its business, the South Korean firm is tightening the work discipline of its employees in the Device Solutions business arm. Samsung has also asked employees to report if their colleagues, superiors, or other team members are neglecting their duties.
Samsung is reportedly asking employees to report colleagues who are neglecting work
According to a report from Korea Times, Samsung has asked its employees to report the names of their colleagues who are neglecting their duties or enjoying welfare benefits unfairly. The company has also asked employees to disclose their names and their team while reporting others, and it assured employees that their names will not be revealed. Samsung has reportedly also asked its employees to take precautions and not commit sexual harassment. In an email, the tech giant reportedly introduced several disciplinary measures, including against playing games while working and exaggerating working hours.
The company is said to have revealed that these new measures have been introduced after several requests from younger employees, who have complained about lax discipline among senior members of the team. However, this move may also backfire as it could hurt teamwork and team bonding. After the introduction of new work discipline measures, an anonymous Samsung employee posted in Blind that these new rules reminded him of the ‘Oga Jaktong' law of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). It refers to a system where people were forced to monitor their neighbors and report any wrongdoings. Blind is Samsung's internal anonymous chat app that can only be joined by verified employees.
In addition to the new measures, Samsung has reportedly become stricter while assessing the performance of its employees. This could lead to a reduction in salaries or a freezing of salary hikes for those who perform poorly. Samsung recently finished the reshuffle and promotion of its higher-level and CXO-level employees. The company is planning to convene all its top executives worldwide to discuss the business plan for 2024 and measures to take to overcome the current economic downturn.