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Power Company to Start Firing Poorly Performing Staff

Posted February. 09, 2009 04:03,   


The Korea Electric Power Corp., or KEPCO, will fire as early as a year from now employees who perform poorly for the first time in its history.

KEPCO said yesterday that it conducted an internal competition-based recruitment system among all senior employees early this year. As a result, 41 senior staff failed to receive job titles.

If these senior staff members do not receive titles over a one-year period, they could be dismissed under company regulations. Those with no job titles include two grade-one, seven grade-two, and 32 grade-three officials.

Grade one officials are usually division heads and overseas branch chiefs, positions equivalent to executives at private companies.

The 41 include senior staff members who caused damage to the company due to personal errors, bad customer service, or poor interpersonal relations.

KEPCO will order them to take a training course around Monday. They have no specific assignments now and will go to the KEPCO Academy in northern Seoul from Feb. 16.

The company has introduced a “refresh” training course for senior staff with no portfolios. The two-month course teaches motivation, change in mindset, and reinforcement of occupational capacity.

A four-month session dubbed “Dismissal and Redesign” will have the trainees find solutions to professional assignments and pending issues.