Starting in July, all Kakao employees will be required to work remotely for at least four days per week as part of a new structure known as “metaverse work,” according to an announcement made by the IT giant on Monday.
During the testing phase of the new working system, which will begin on July 1 and last until September 30, employees will be required to spend four days per week working outside the office. According to a Kakao official, workers are required to get together offline for the remainder of the workday, but the gathering need not take place in the physical location of the company’s headquarters.
Coworkers will be connected in the virtual space via text, voice, and video whenever it is required. As a result, all work-related activities will be handled online
It was stated that a voice call system would make it possible for individuals to communicate with one another in real time. After implementing a system for working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic that began in February 2020, the information technology company came up with the idea for the metaverse work system. Kakao has come to the conclusion that the manner in which one works is more important than the location in which one works.
“Employees are free to hold individual work-related meetings wherever they see fit. According to the official who spoke to The Korea Herald, “it could be a shared office or some other place.”
The transition to the metaverse work system will be made in stages by approximately a dozen of Kakao’s subsidiaries, including Kakao Games, Kakao Mobility, and Kakao Bank.
“We have come to the conclusion that ‘connection’ is more important than physical space as a result of our experience with remote work over the past two years.” According to Kakao’s CEO Namkoong Whon, “the metaverse work system, which is centered around connection, will help our crew’s efficient work, and we support it becoming a culture that spreads throughout the Kakao community.”