Microsoft Released New ‘Hybrid Workplace’ Guidance for a more Flexible Remote Work Schedule
By: Ashwathy Nair
- Microsoft will allow its employees to work from home freely for less than 50% of the working week.
- While balancing the business needs, there will be as much flexibility as possible to support individual work styles.
- Employees are allowed to move across the country for remote work.
The Seattle-based technology giant, Microsoft has decided to increase its work-from-home policy and would make it permanent for some employees. The Microsoft has released the new “Hybrid Workplace” guidance in order to have a more flexible remote work schedule and while it continues to adjust with the new normal, where everyone is adjusting to the changing needs during the ongoing pandemic, Microsoft is allowing its workforce to even relocate elsewhere in the country.
For a less than 50 percent of their working week, employees will be allowed to work from home freely, and managers will approve a permanent remote work.
Microsoft’s chief people officer, Kathleen Hogan said that “While balancing business needs, they will be offering as much flexibility as possible to support individual work styles, and it will also ensure the way they live their culture”.
“A proper guidance has been provided to the employees in order to make them informed and updated about the developments that happen in the company. It could be consisting of changes to their worksite, work hours, or work location once the offices are open without any COVID-19 restrictions”.
Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft said that, the focus is on three major considerations of how currently the nature of work is changing during the pandemic: how are the collaborations happening, how learning happens inside companies, and how to ensure that the employees are not burning out.
The employees of the company are allowed to move across the country for remote work, but compensation and benefits will differ depending on the company’s geopay scale. The employees who will prefer to move will have to take up their relocation expenses. Microsoft will cover the home office expenses for permanent remote workers.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, Microsoft was one of the first companies that chose to shift its tech workforce remotely.