Work-from-home has been commonplace for companies attempting to navigate work culture during the COVID-19 pandemic. But some of them are considering permanent changes to their work structure.
Square Enix will be implementing a permanent work-from-home policy for its staff in Japan. As detailed in the Square Enix press release, this policy rolls out starting December 1st, 2020 and is part of the company’s strategy to accommodate different work styles and environments.
As they state, “the Company hopes not only to create a flexible and diverse working environment, but also to further bolster productivity and help achieve the optimal work-life balance.”
This policy will only affect around 80% of employees. Additionally, it seems there will be an allowed monthly status change, letting employees flexibility move between work-from-home and working in the office as necessary.
As The Verge notes, work-from-home also means working from home at least three times in the week, so there may still be in office work.
This type of policy may be more common in the future as companies and staff reevaluate what is the best environment for work.