Square Enix has announced permanent work-from-home measures, enabling better flexibility for its employees. The program will start December 1st, 2020.
While many companies have been implementing work-from-home policies to cope with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Square Enix is the first company to confirm the option will still be available even when this is done.
“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”, they said. “In so doing, the Company hopes not only to create a flexible and diverse working environment, but also to further bolster productivity and help employees achieve the optimal work-life balance”.
Square Enix will describe employees as either office-based or home-based, with the definition revolving around spending a minimum of three work days a week at the relevant location.
This program will be open to employees of Square Enix Holdings Co. Ltd, as well as Luminous Productions Co. Ltd.
Square Enix says the idea to permanently install this program was due to its popularity among employees, who reacted well to the flexibility of working from home.
“Following a sustained period with these measures in place, the Company conducted a survey in June that demonstrated that roughly 80% of employees had a positive view of work from home. The Company also carefully considered a wide range of opinions from businesses as diverse as games, publication, and music regarding the practicality of work from home”, they said.
“This program was finalized based on those considerations. By enabling the option of monthly status changes rather than establishing blanket rules regarding who works from home and who from the office, the Company has designed a program that should be highly satisfactory both to those performing duties and those managing them”.