Microsoft to let employees work from home permanently

Marco Green
November 25, 2020

The move will be executed as part of a "hybrid workplace" strategy aimed at giving workers more flexibility once offices begin to open in the United States. Pending manager approval, some employees will be allowed to work from home full time.

The company will pay home office expenses, but if the workers choose to move away from the office location, they will have to bear those costs on their own.

"For others, whose work can be done entirely remote, there are options to relocate â€" even internationally â€" if approved.

Microsoft's memo comes nearly five months to the day after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told employees that those whose jobs permit it will be allowed to work remotely forever - even after the coronavirus pandemic is over. The company originally made it a choice before mandating remote work as the pandemic worsened.

All of that success has come with Microsoft employees working from home since March.

Not everyone will be able to take advantage of their work-from-home option, however, as some roles will require them to remain in the office.

'We'll continue to be, and we'll continue to put the safety of our people and communities first'.

Spotify followed Twitter and Facebook's lead to allow staffers to work from home until the end of the year.

In response to a request for comment from CRN on Friday, Microsoft confirmed there are new guidelines in place around remote work at Microsoft.

The policy was enforced due to the COVID-19 pandemic and remains in effect at least until January 2021. The software maker circulated internal guidance "hybrid workplace". However, given how the vast majority of Microsoft's 160,000-plus employees are already working remotely, the company is theoretically equipped to make telecommuting an option for most of its staff. For now, returning to many of our offices around the world is still optional for employees, except for essential onsite roles. The exceptions are employees whose positions strictly require them to be present in the office, for example hardware testing engineers.

Microsoft is the latest of the tech giants to enshrine working from home as a permanent fixture of its operations.

A 100 percent remote workforce has its challenges, as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella acknowledged this week. Video call fatigue is real, and it's harder to have off-the-cuff discussions before and after meetings like you would in person, Nadella said at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council Summit.

In a bid to address it, the company launched the "virtual commute" to aid employees transition from work to home life.

The US has now have more than 7.6million coronavirus cases and 212,000 deaths.

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