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Ubisoft will take a "hybrid" approach as it prepares for developers to return to the office, according to a teamwide message shared by chief people officer Anika Grant.

The big picture: A year of working from home has changed the way we think about offices.

  • For some developers, it's made productivity difficult as they've had to adapt around issues like child care, work-life boundaries, and infrastructure.
  • But there are positives, too. When companies don't limit their workers to a specific location, they can draw from a wider pool of candidates. It also gives workers more control over where they live and their own resources.

Grant said that Ubisoft will embrace a "tailored approach" to work in the future, with the option for some roles to be fully remote. These working arrangements are expected to begin in September.

  • "This approach allows us to account for the variety of job families, locations, and preferences that make up our more than 20,000-person strong global company," she said.
  • "We will avoid a one-size-fits-all approach and empower local leaders to make the best decisions for their teams and their projects to drive productivity, quality and ensure happy and healthy teams."
  • Not all jobs can be done remotely. "Jobs that are incompatible with working from home given their nature or due to technical constraints will remain fully office based."

The bottom line: COVID will have a lasting impact on how developers make games, beginning with where they do their work.

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Northwest Arkansas' path to affordable housing

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

A study published today aims to be a blueprint for creating more affordable housing in Northwest Arkansas.

What's happening: The Walton Family Foundation (WFF) commissioned the two-part study. It will provide practical recommendations to elected officials, municipal planners and developers about the area's housing challenges.

  • It points out the current urban sprawl taking place in NWA could affect long-term housing affordability.

The war for engagement

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The conventional wisdom that more people across the board are more likely than ever to leave their jobs is wrong, according to extensive polling by Gallup

What is true: Self-identified disengaged workers are ditching jobs faster than ever, the data reveals. 

Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a campaign rally on Oct. 15 in Henrico, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, which has been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.