Microsoft to let employees work from home permanently

Microsoft to let employees work from home permanently

Facebook also predicted that going forward, about 50% of its employees will be able to work from home on a permanent basis within five to ten years.

"Employees will also be allowed to relocate domestically with approval, or even seek to move internationally if remote working is viable for their particular role", The Verge reported, citing the company's guidelines.

According to Microsoft's "hybrid workplace" guidance accessed by the Verge, the company will now allow its employees to work remotely for less than 50% of the working weeks.

Microsoft has reportedly announced that it is allowing its employees to work from home permanently.

This according to the company co-founded by Bill Gates will allow workers to relocate across the United States or perhaps overseas, Reuters quoting the Verge, a U.S. tech news website, said. When an employee moves, it can affect their level of compensation and benefits based on Microsoft's geopay scale.

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In April, almost 2,000 Microsoft Store employees pivoted to remote work.

The company has notified staff that its offices won't reopen until January 2021 at the earliest. Nevertheless, the products required by the employees working from home of the company will be remunerated by the tech giant.

Exactly how many employees will be eligible for remote working is not fully clear from the leaked documents. Working from home and attending virtual meetings and classes is the new normal, and we might see this continue after the pandemic is over.

Later on Friday, Microsoft executive Kathleen Hogan posted a blog on the company's new "flexible workplace" guidance for employees-confirming that part-time work-from-home is "now standard" at Microsoft. "Our goal is to evolve the way we work over time with intention-guided by employee input, data, and our commitment to support individual workstyles and business needs while living our culture".

According to Hogan, the guidance was released to help employees make informed decisions around scenarios that could include changes to their work site, work location or work hours once offices are open without any COVID-19 restrictions.

The company now expects most workers to work from home less than half of the time.

"To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through 30 June, 2021 for roles that don't need to be in the office", a statement read. The company didn't disclose how many workers it expected to adopt the new rules.

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