Reports indicate that most Microsoft employees are still at home as the health crisis drags on. Furthermore, the company is not expecting to reopen its offices until January of next year at the earliest. However, when it does, workers will decide either to work from home permanently with their manager’s approval. This therefore means, they will have to give up their office space.
“We will offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual work styles, while balancing business needs and ensuring we live our culture.”
In a public blog post later in the day, Hogan said the company views employees spending less than 50 percent of their time working from home as “standard,” but wasn’t abandoning office work entirely.
“We are not committing to having every employee work from anywhere. We believe there is value in employees being together in the workplace,” Hogan wrote.
Who will be eligible?
Media reports indicate that some employees won’t be eligible for remote-work arrangements, such as those who work in Microsoft’s labs or train other employees.
In its written memo, the company co-founded by Bill Gates said it is possible for its workers to relocate across the United States or perhaps overseas, a media report indicated..
Those that relocate may see their salaries change depending on where they go. While the company will cover expenses for employees’ home offices, it won’t cover relocation expenses.
As of June, Microsoft employed 163,000 people, 96,000 of them in the US, according to a securities filing.
Some major tech firms have already allowed permanent work-from-home arrangements. Facebook for example said half of the social network’s staff could be permanently working remotely. This will be achieved within five to 10 years.
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