Square Enix, a renowned game developer, announced today that it will permanently let most of its employees to work from home starting December 1. Each individual worker will be labeled as either home-based or office-based and will be required to work an average of at least three days from the designated location.
If their position permits, workers will have the flexibility to switch their designation on a monthly basis. The firm expects that roughly 80% of workers will be working from home next month, the first month of the program's implementation.
The decision has been taken not only to prevent infections during the coronavirus pandemic but the firm hopes this can enable them to "recruit more diverse human resources, as well as to establish an organization capable of adapting to unexpected developments such as disasters and changes in employment models." In addition to an increase in work productivity, Square noted that this will better employees' work-life balance.
Square Enix isn't the first tech company to put such a policy in place that lets employees work from home after the coronavirus pandemic ends. Microsoft also announced earlier this year that it would allow its employees in the U.S. to work from home permanently.