The Hong Kong-based viral meme platform, 9gag recently, announced that the company has terminated the lease of its Tsuen Wan headquarters, as it adapts the 'work from home forever' (WFHF) policy.
While this move is a response to the employees' request, another main reason to end the physical office is to reduce skyrocketing operation costs, which exceeds HK$200,000 per month, as revealed by 9gag CEO and co-founder Ray Chan.
In the past few months, 9gag offered the work-from-home option for all employees due to the pandemic. The majority of the employees have taken it, with only four to five employees coming to the office each day.
Chan said employees' performance was not affected at all.
He revealed that he has been considering remote working since mid-2019 but there has not been an urgent situation, until now, to prompt him to execute the plan.
During the move out, employees can take the office furniture including sofa, fridge, ping pong table and work desks, home.
The company has recently asked employees to take pictures of their work space at home and it plans to offer allowance for those who do not have sufficient equipment to get a spot at a co-working space.
While tools such as Google Meet are deployed for meetings now, 9gag has also offered to arrange a location for employees if a face-to-face conversation is necessary.
Depending on the situation, Chan might also organise team-building activities in the future.
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The story was first reported by HKEJ.