Shift to A ‘Hybrid Workplace’
Microsoft is instituting a ‘hybrid workplace’ as it gives employees greater flexibility during and after COVID-19 by allowing some to permanently work from home should they wish to.
Microsoft Chief People Officer Kathleen Hogan said in a company memo that “the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to think, live, and work in new ways. It is our goal to offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual work styles while balancing business needs and ensuring we live our culture.”
The company will not be entirely shifting to remote work, however, as it believes that “there is value in employees being together in the workplace.”
Changes Require Approval
Microsoft is letting any of its employees work from home less than 50% of the time if they wish. This includes those whose positions require in-person duties. Those seeking to work permanently from home will need manager approval. This will depend, however, as some positions require employees to access and work on hardware labs, data centers, and in-person training.
The tech giant is also considering employee requests to move to another city or country if remote work would require, but this will be subject to approval. There may be salary implications and benefits may also change based on the company’s compensation scale by location.
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