Microsoft reportedly adopting permanent work-from-home policy

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Microsoft began allowing staff to work from home in March due to the pandemic, before making remote work mandatory.

Microsoft is not the first tech company to announce a permanent work from home rule; Facebook has already made arrangements for most of its employees to adopt a work from home culture permanently.

At the time, Microsoft president Brad Smith said in an interview the company expects to bring back employees "more slowly rather than more quickly because, economically, we can serve the economy with more remote work than people in many industries can".

Software giant Microsoft will let employees work from home permanently if they choose to, USA media have reported, becoming the latest employer to expand work-from-home provisions prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Furthermore, employees will also be allowed to relocate dosmetically with approval, or even move internationally if remote working is viable for their particular role. When an employee moves, it can affect their level of compensation and benefits based on Microsoft's geopay scale. Some employees can work remotely entirely if they receive permission from a manager.

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The company has notified staff that its offices won't reopen until January 2021 at the earliest. "Moving forward, 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".

"While we've shared that we will challenge long-held assumptions and seek to be on the forefront of what is possible leveraging technology, we have also communicated that we are not committing to having every employee work from anywhere, as we believe there is value in employees being together in the workplace", Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft's EVP and Chief People Officer, writes in a blog post. Permanent work-from-home employees will receive home office expenses.

Work Site- The employees can work from home freely for less than 50% of their working week.

Microsoft wants employees to make informed decisions that could result in changes to their worksite, work location, and in some cases, work hours. However, they would be able to use makeshift office spaces in the future if they eventually return to the office one day or plan an emergency touchdown. A getAbstract survey said 43% of remote workers would prefer to continue their work from home schedule as it gives them flexibility, prevents commute and is overall more productive.

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