While the vast majority of Microsoft employees are still working from home during the pandemic, the company has announced plans to let employees choose a workplace after US offices reopen again.
Microsoft employees can choose to work from home a few days a week or permanently work remotely. Those who choose to work remotely will no longer be given the same office seat, but can go to the headquarters to work in some designated locations.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused all of us to think, live and work in new ways,” said Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft Chief Human Resources Officer. We will provide as much flexibility as possible to support individual work styles, while balancing business needs and ensuring we live up to our culture ”.
While most employees will be able to easily choose to work from home for a few days a week, there will be positions that require travel to the office.
Microsoft also announced that some positions will still need to work in the office, especially those who need access to the hardware lab, data center and direct training. Employees will also be allowed to move domestically or even seek to move abroad if remote work is guaranteed.
Microsoft will cover home office costs for those who work remotely, but anyone who decides to move out of Microsoft’s office will need to cover their own relocation costs. Flexible working hours will also be available without manager approval, and employees can also request part-time working hours through managers.
Microsoft’s move to more flexible work comes months after the company informed employees that its US offices would not reopen until January 2021. Microsoft initially allowed its employees. I worked from home in March before implementing a mandatory home work policy as the pandemic spread across America.
In addition to Microsoft, another tech company Facebook is also planning to employ thousands of employees to work remotely. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said half of the company’s employees will work from home in the next 5-10 years.