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Opinion Business Game Dev Dontnod adopting permanent work-from-home policy

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Dontnod is the latest studio to embrace a permanent work-from-home policy, the developer of Twin Mirror and Tell Me Why announced today.

The company said it will allow employees at its Paris and Montreal offices to decide whether they would like to work from home, or to work on-site with an annual allotment of remote working days.

Those who work from home will have equipment and furniture provided by the company, and offices will also have shared "flex" desks for remote employees who need to work out of the studio from time to time.

The studio had been considering this Fully Remote Organization (FROG) model before the pandemic, and an employee referendum last October found 87% of the studio was in favor of the switch.

"Although some thought had been given prior to the health crisis, we realized that working from home is a work mode that is more suitable for some people, as it offers a work-life balance adapted to their needs," Dontnod HR director Matthieu Hoffman said.

"So, we designed the FROG program to offer the best working conditions, regardless of the preferred mode."

The studio also noted that this model will allow it to somewhat expand its applicant pool. Going forward, the Montreal office will hire people from anywhere in Quebec, while the Paris office will bring on people from anywhere in France.
 
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What companies never bring up is they reduce office costs too. When the office lease is up for renewal they'll either look into changing to a smaller office or heavily negotiate with the commercial landlord to give them a sweet deal because lots of people are working from home now. They also save on office gear to go with it because all those desks and partition walls are often rented/leased too. Some companies can also get rid of PC leases if the worker is allowed to login from home from a personal device.

Even shit like janitorial and cafeteria costs will drop like a rock.

I have no proof, but office vacancy rates have to have gone up and/or lease rates down. Although office leases are often multi year, so it may not have affected companies yet.