Microsoft to allow some personnel work from home forever

*Software tech giant says it will shift to a ‘hybrid workplace’

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Microsoft will be letting some of its employees work from home (WFH) permanently.

The foremost software company, in a memo to employees, said it would shift to a “hybrid workplace” under which employees will have flexibility during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, reports The Verge.

Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s Chief People Officer, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to think, live, and work in new ways.

“We will offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual workstyles, while balancing business needs, and ensuring we live our culture.”

In terms of attaining greater flexibility in operations, report stated that most of the company’s employees are still working from home.

Now, Microsoft says some employees will be given the option of relinquishing their assigned office space in order to work from home perpetually.

Microsoft explained that some employees whose positions necessitate in-person duties would have to report to the office.

Nonetheless, the company disclosed that most employees will easily be able to spend less than 50 percent of their working week in the office.

It is recalled that Facebook also announced that it is letting thousands of employees switch to remote work permanently.

Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), stated in May 2020, that he anticipates that half of Facebook employees could be working remotely on a permanent basis within the next five to 10 years.

Twitter and Square have also given employees the option to work from home forever.

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