Sega’s arcades in Japan have taken a major hit because of coronavirus and social distancing. Unfortunately, it’s such a big hit that it is hurting the entire company, and Sega’s parent company Sega Sammy Holdings is asking some of its employees to voluntarily leave the workplace.
According to SoraNews24, Sega has recently lost about 21.7 billion-yen (about $206.7 million). They’re cutting executives’ incomes and want to have 650 fewer employees in order to cut their losses. Right now they have 9,051 employees. But it’s not the employees’ fault there’s a pandemic, so Sega is trying to help the people who choose to leave.
As SoraNews24 explains, the volunteering employees will “be provided with severance packages and also reemployment assistance for those who’ll be seeking new jobs elsewhere instead of retiring entirely.”
Sega wants their employees’ answers by December 25, and the leaving employees would still stay on until February before they’d have to go elsewhere.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.