Square Enix has released an official statement, allowing 80 percent of its employees to permanently work from home. The announcement will come into effect starting December 1, 2020.
The company says that most of its employees have reacted positively to the current working from home schedule during the pandemic. Not only does it support to boost their productivity and creativity, but working from home also help them "achieve the optimal work-life balance."
"Rather than utilizing work from home solely as a means of preventing infections during the current pandemic, the Company will establish it as a permanent and core program among the working styles it accommodates," the announcement reads.
That said, most Square Enix employees will be working their home, even though a considerably small segment of them needs to report to the office depending on their job description.
Nevertheless, it does not necessarily mean that most employees won't have to go to the office anymore for years. The program will combine both home and office models, allowing them to work three days/week from home or three days/week from the office.
Square Enix, the home of Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider games, has joined the laundry list of tech companies who let their employees permanently work from home.
In October, Microsoft announced that its employees are free to work remotely after noticing that the office will not be opened until January 2021. Facebook made a similar announcement and allowed half of the employees to work from home for ten years even though the employees signed an open letter condemning the boss for the different circumstances on the field. On the other hand, Twitter employees have also been implementing the telecommuting policy since last May.
However, this is the first time that a gaming company made such an announcement. Hopefully, this would be a wake-up call to other publishers because, after all, gaming should be a fun and not a life-threatening experience.
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