Samsung Electronics is poised to employ a new personnel management system starting in 2022 that could foster young executives, in a move to lay the groundwork for a â€œNew Samsungâ€ era under Samsungâ€™s de facto leader Lee Jae-yong, the South Korean tech giant said Monday.
Under the new system, Samsung will abolish a set of requirements before an employee gets promoted to a certain level, such as a minimum term of service that lasts roughly eight to 10 years. Instead, excellent employees will be eligible for a â€œpromotion sessionâ€ so their work performance and expertise can come under a multidimensional review.
The new human resources procedures will help the tech giant bring top talent to management regardless of age, Samsung said in a statement.
In line with the revamp, Samsung will remove the job title of senior vice president, known as â€œjeonmuâ€ in Korean, and merge that rank with executive vice president, or â€œbusajangâ€ in Korean.
Samsungâ€™s new system will also encourage young people to boost their career experience. Samsung said it plans to allow employees serving in the same position for at least five years to be qualified to work in a different position. At the same time, a talent exchange programme will give employees in Korea the opportunity to serve in positions abroad.
Moreover, a separate management system will be implemented to give employees a soft landing when they return from a career break. Satellite offices will be created in â€œmajor locationsâ€ in Korea to nurture remote working environments.
To enhance its employee evaluation system, Samsung will adopt absolute criteria and test peer evaluations in which employees judge each otherâ€™s value in essay format.
Samsung said the new system will create a â€œfuture-oriented work environmentâ€ to enable its staff and executives to be more dedicated to their tasks with greater spontaneity.
This is the first major change in Samsungâ€™s human resources management system in five years. In June 2016 Samsung simplified its job titles by removing three Korean conventional job titles, and encouraged its employees to add â€œproâ€ or the Korean honorific suffix â€œnimâ€ when referring to each other to promote horizontal communication.
Also, the move is the latest indication of a bold step toward Leeâ€™s â€œNew Samsungâ€ vision to cope with uncertainties and challenges at home and abroad. Leeâ€™s succession plan is underway after former Chair Lee Kun-heeâ€™s death in October 2020.
Momentum for the revamp appears to be gathering steam following Samsung Electronics vice Chair Leeâ€™s weekslong trip to the United States, his first overseas trip since being released early from a bribery sentence. Lee brought up â€œdesperate voices on the sceneâ€ among Samsung employees in the US immediately after returning to Seoul on Wednesday, and he expressed regret for â€œthe harsh reality of the market.â€ But he refused to clarify his remarks when asked.
Samsung is set to announce its executive reshuffle next month.
Samsung Electronics approved three chief executive officers Kim Ki-nam for the semiconductor business, Koh Dong-jin for smartphones and Kim Hyun-suk for consumer electronics as internal board members at a shareholders meeting in March this year.