Microsoft will allow many of its employees to permanently work from home, even after the company opens its U.S. offices again. The Verge received internal guidance from Microsoft that outlines a “hybrid workplace” and allows for significantly more flexibility when it comes to working remotely.
Microsoft employees will be able to work from home for up to fifty percent of their workweek. Some employees can work remotely entirely if they receive permission from a manager. If an employee decides to work remotely, they have to give up their office space, but can still use touchdown space at Microsoft’s offices.
There are some roles at Microsoft, however, that require people to work in person. If an employee requires access to offices, data centers, in-person training, or anything else that requires someone physically be present, they will not be allowed to work remotely.
Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s chief people officer, said in a note to employees shared by The Verge, “The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to think, live, and work in new ways.” Hogan adds that Microsoft “Will offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual workstyles, while balancing business needs, and ensuring we live our culture.”
According to The Verge, Microsoft employees will be allowed to relocate within the U.S. with approval, or in some cases, even be allowed to move internationally. When an employee moves, it can affect their level of compensation and benefits based on Microsoft’s geopay scale.
Microsoft will cover home office expenses for employees that permanently work from home, but people will have to pay their own relocation costs.