Technology giant Microsoft has decided to expand its work-from-home policy and make it permanent for some employees.
The company has released the new “hybrid workplace” guidance that lays out how employees can have a more flexible remote work schedule and even relocate elsewhere in the country, while it continues to adjust to changing needs during the ongoing pandemic
The move comes after Facebook and Twitter also announced that remote work would be a permanent option mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Some roles will require in-person presence, such as those requiring access to hardware labs. Most of the others will be carried out from home.
Microsoft will be covering home office expenses for permanent remote workers, but any that decide to move away from Microsoft’s offices will need to cover their own relocation costs. Flexible working hours will also be available without manager approval, and employees can also request part-time work hours through their managers.
Microsoft stated that they aim at evolving their work over time tactics “guided by employee input, data, and our commitment to support individual work styles and business needs while living our culture.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to think, live, and work in new ways,” said Kathleen Hogan (Microsoft’s Chief People Officer) in a note to employees. “We will offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual workstyles, while balancing business needs, and ensuring we live our culture.”
More than three quarters of the employees totally support this new move.