Oct 11, 2020
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Microsoft plans to let more workers work from home post-pandemic.
The Redmond, Washington-based conglomerate unveiled plans to adopt a "hybrid workplace" environment as it copes with the raging coronavirus crisis. The company said part of its strategy is to permanently offer employees greater flexibility once the outbreak subsides.
"Flexibility can mean different things to each of us, and we recognize there is no one-size-fits-all solution given the variety of roles, work requirements and business needs we have at Microsoft," Microsoft Executive Vice President Kathleen Hogan wrote in a blog post Friday. "To address this, we have provided guidance to employees to make informed decisions around scenarios that could include changes to their worksite, work location, and/or work hours once offices are open without any COVID-19 restrictions."
Most of Microsoft's employees have worked remotely since March. After the health crisis is over, it will be normal for most roles to remain remote less than 50% of the time with manager approval, the company said.
Employees who choose to work remotely on a permanent basis won't have assigned office spaces but will have access to flexible "touchdown space" at Microsoft’s offices, according to The Verge.
Other tech companies such as Twitter and Squarehave said more of their workforce can work from home permanently.