Work from Home to Become A Permanent Option for Employees, Says Microsoft

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CORRECTS TO SAY THAT MICROSOFT WILL ELIMINATE UP TO 18,000 INSTEAD OF 18,000 – This July 3, 2014 photo shows Microsoft Corp. signage outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft on Thursday, July 17, 2014 announced it will lay off up to 18,000 workers over the next year. (AP Photo Ted S. Warren)

As unfolded from the recent news reports, Microsoft has hopped onto the bandwagon surrounding the work from home trends prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The software giant will now allow its employees to work from home permanently if they choose to do so. Looking at the current situation of the health crisis, Microsoft isn’t keen on reopening its US offices until January of next year.

Once the offices reopen, employees will have the option to continue working from their homes with the approval of their managers, but they have to give up their working space. Kathleen Hogan, human resources, said, “We will offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual work styles while balancing business needs and ensuring we live our culture.”

However, remote-work arrangements won’t be feasible for specific job roles like the ones where people need access to hardware or train other employees, etc. Microsoft also mentioned that the workers can relocate if they wish, and the company will cover up the expenses for setting up home offices; however, the expenses for the relocation won’t be covered.

Major firms have already considered making work from home arrangements a permanent option for their employees, including Facebook.

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