Square Enix Expects 80% Of Employees To Work From Home Permanently

Square Enix, the Japanese video game giant behind the Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider games, has announced that it’s making working from home permanent for the vast majority of its employees.

The new policy, which will establish remote working as a “permanent and core program”, comes into force on December 1. Square Enix says it will designate each employee as either “home based” (working an average of at least three days per week from home) or “office based” (working an average of at least three

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CEO says City Brewing not for sale, may add up to 200 employees in La Crosse soon | Business News

City Brewing Co.

City Brewing Co. in La Crosse may add as many as 200 new employees “within the next few months” according to company CEO George Parke III.

La Crosse-based City Brewing Co. is not for sale, and may add up to 200 employees at its La Crosse facilities in the next few months, company CEO George Parke III said Friday.

The company has slightly more than 600 employees in La Crosse now, and expects to have about 800 employees in 2021, he said.

The Tribune contacted Parke on Friday morning regarding a Bloomberg News story Thursday that said the contract beverage maker is considering a sale of the business “according to people with knowledge of the matter.”

The Bloomberg story also said the company could fetch more than $1 billion in a sale according to one of the anonymous

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No. 5 small: Challenging employees to succeed at Chesmar Homes

For employees at Chesmar Homes, there’s no micro-management, no feeling like they’re just a number and no unrealistic expectations.

Staffers and executives alike have fostered a culture of help and encouragement that CEO Don Klein said has helped The Woodlands company, which builds energy efficient homes, achieve a No. 5 ranking for small businesses on the Houston Chronicle’s annual Top Workplaces survey.

“One of our values is freedom to challenge everybody,” Klein said.

And at Chesmar, which employs 144 in Greater Houston, challenges can mean pushing sales higher or correcting mistakes before they snowball into problems.

COVID-19 shut down operations in many industries, but real estate remained busy. Some people sought to relocate to Texas from other states, realizing that remote work could offer them cheaper housing options. Others thought it was time to move to a larger home.

“We’re at the point where we need to slow sales down

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Coronavirus spread: Employees working in multiple nursing homes can serve as significant drivers

“We do everything for them. Everything you do for yourself, you have to do for the residents,” Tapia said.

In March, when the coronavirus began racing through nursing homes, the federal government banned visitors. (That guidance has since been updated.) But even with the ban, infections kept spreading. A team of researchers from UCLA and Yale University decided to examine the people who continued to enter nursing homes during that time: the employees.
Keith Chen, a behavioral economist and UCLA professor, said the key question is this: “The people who, we can infer, work in this nursing home — what other nursing homes do they work at?”
Using location data from 30 million smartphones when the visitor ban was in place helped the scientists “see” the movements of people going into and out of nursing homes. The data showed a lot of nursing home workers are — like Tapia —
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Klick Health Rolls Out Mobile Flu Shot Clinics to Employees’ Homes

Company takes its annual flu shot program on the road to help keep its people healthy and happy during pandemic

For the first time ever, Klick Health has taken its in-office flu shot clinic on the road in keeping with its people-first culture and commitment to help keep its team members and their families healthy and happy.

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A registered nurse gives copywriter Ammie Matte the flu shot in Klick Health’s Mobile Flu Shot Clinic outside her Toronto home on October 28, 2020. Matte is one of hundreds of Klick employees who signed up for the unique program as the company continues to adapt its people-first programs during the pandemic. (Photo: Business Wire)

Klick’s Mobile Flu Shot Clinics are pulling up and parking outside the homes of hundreds of its Toronto-based team members, who signed up for the unique pilot

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Employees Who Work At Multiple Nursing Homes May Have Helped Spread The Coronavirus : NPR

Cell phone data shows that contract workers who work at multiple nursing homes helped transmit the coronavirus between facilities.


Nursing homes have been devastated by the coronavirus. More than 84,000 residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have died from COVID-19. A new study finds that people who work at multiple nursing homes may help spread the virus. But limiting health workers’ jobs could hurt the very people that nursing homes rely on. Jackie Fortier at member station KPCC in Los Angeles reports.

JACKIE FORTIER, BYLINE: Martha Tapia works at two different nursing homes in Orange County, Calif., and she worries about bringing the coronavirus home to her granddaughter.

MARTHA TAPIA: I start work at 7, and I finish at 11.

FORTIER: That’s 7 in the morning to 11 o’clock at night. Tapia is almost 60, and she works 64 hours a week.

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Company’s remote workspace values employees’ differences

From her home in Beaverton, Ore., Jamie Davila leads a team of eight engineers in seven states for technology startup Ultranauts. Like millions of other people during these work-from-home times, she relies on popular communication tools like Zoom and Slack.

But Davila and Ultranauts also work remotely in ways that make them different from most companies. They follow a distinctive set of policies and practices to promote diversity and inclusion among employees.

All video meetings have closed captioning, for workers who prefer to absorb information in text. Meeting agendas are distributed in advance so people who are uncomfortable speaking up can contribute in writing beforehand. Employees are asked daily for feedback, like whether they believe their strengths are valued and if they feel lonely at work.

“The whole idea is to create a safe space that allows everyone to be heard,” Davila, 36, said.

Ultranauts has been working for years

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