Microsoft corporation joined the giants in allowing some of its employees to remotely work permanently if they wish.
Microsoft, the software maker has initiated a “hybrid workplace” to provide employees more comprehensive adaptability once its offices in the U.S. reopen, the company stated in a blog post on Friday.
Microsoft stated that it is allowing its employees to remotely work permanently from home nearly 50% of the time if they wish, and recognize that for the majority of the roles that have become standard. Those who want to work remotely a majority of the time will need a manager’s permission. The company would further acknowledge employee requests to move to a different city or country if remote work would permit, but there could be salary implications and it would require consent or approval.
However, only a few employees of the Redmond Washington-based company are eligible for Microsoft’s permanent remote work program as few positions or roles need access to hardware labs, data centers, and in-person trainings.
Microsoft is not the only one to adopt flexible work options. Other tech giants like Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., and Square Inc., have offered their staffs the privilege to be granted for permanent remote posts. Microsoft way before has permitted remotely work permanently with the approval from the manager. However, it’s formalizing the procedure because of the situations arising from COVID-19 shutdowns.
Earlier this week, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Satya Nadella appeared to make a case for working in the office at least some of the time.
Microsoft Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Satya Nadella stated,
Spending excessive time on video calls can tend to make employees exhausted and working from home can make it challenging to shift from corporate to private life. While you are work remotely, it seldom seems like you are sleeping at work.
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