WASHINGTON: According to media reports on Friday, US software giant Microsoft can implement a permanent work from home plan for its workers if they want the arrangement.
This will make Microsoft the latest employer prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic to extend work-from – home provisions.
The Verge said that as the health crisis drags on, most Microsoft staff are still at home, and the company does not plan to reopen its US offices until January next year at the earliest.
But when it does, employees can opt to permanently work from their homes, although they would have to give up their office space in that situation.
But when it does, staff may opt to work indefinitely from their homes, but in that case they will have to give up their office space.
“In a note to employees obtained by the tech news outlet, Microsoft Chief People Officer Kathleen Hogan said,” The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to think, live and work in new ways.
We will provide as much versatility as possible to support individual types of work, while balancing business needs and ensuring that our community is alive.”
“A Microsoft spokesman did not address whether work-from-home would be made permanent in a statement to AFP, but said,” Our goal is to develop the way we work with intention over time, guided by employee input, information and our commitment to support individual work styles and business needs while living our culture.
The Verge report said that staff will need their managers’ approval to work remotely on a permanent basis, but can spend less than 50 percent of their week without approval outside the office.
Some staff, such as those who work in Microsoft labs or train other staff, will not be eligible for remote-work arrangements.
The company co-founded by Bill Gates said in its memo that it is possible for its employees to move within the United States or even overseas.
Many that relocate will see their wages change depending on where they go, and while the business may pay expenses for the home offices of workers, it will not pay relocation expenses.
As of the end of June, according to a securities filing, Microsoft employed 163,000 persons, 96,000 of them in the US.
Some major tech companies have already permitted permanent home-work arrangements, including Facebook, whose boss, Mark Zuckerberg, said half of the workers of the social network could work remotely permanently within five to 10 years.
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