Starting December 1, Square Enix announced a major change to its workplace policy to allow developers to work full-time at home.
In a news release, FINAL FANTASY publishers said they are adopting this new policy not only to keep developers healthy during the COVID-19 crisis, but also to increase efficiency and morale.
“We will establish telecommuting as a permanent and core program in the corresponding work styles, rather than just using telecommuting to prevent infection during the current pandemic,” Square Enix said. It was. “By doing so, the company not only wants to create a flexible and diverse work environment, but also to increase productivity and help employees achieve optimal work-life balance.”
Square Enix will also be able to hire companies from a more diverse talent pool with this new telecommuting option, while at the same time helping to create structures for other “expected developments” such as disasters. Said. Will occur in the future.
“By adopting new ways of working for a new world, we will enable our employees to be even more creative and continue to provide content and services that meet their expectations to customers around the world,” said Square Enix. It was. “By doing so, the company strives to further increase its corporate value.”
Employees are designated as “at home” (average of 3 days or more per week from home) or “office-based” (average of 3 days or more per week in the office). By default, all employees are “at home”, but some people in certain positions may be “office-based” for some jobs.
Square Enix said it expects about 80% of its employees to work from home under the new structure in December, when the program begins.
Square Enix is not the first major technology company to follow in the footsteps of Microsoft and offer a permanent telecommuting policy.