Many Microsoft employees will have option to work from home permanently

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft will allow many of its employees to work from home permanently.
  • Internal guidance from Microsoft on remote working has emerged in a new report.
  • The amount a person can work from home varies based on their role, but Microsoft is generally moving toward more flexibility.

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.

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8 Comments
  • This is entirely reasonable. Many, many jobs (not just at MS) allow for this, and many workers are just as productive on their own at home. Good news for the disabled, primary care givers, agoraphobes, those who just don't love their coworkers, and many high skilled workers abroad who wouldn't have to move. (Personally? I hate never going to the office...)
  • Can't speak for work, but I'm losing my damn mind doing online school. Stuck in my apartment all day with no classes or library to go to. Making my ADHD unbearable.
    Totally understand why people would love it for work though, especially if you have an awful commute or can't focus with others around. Best thing to come out of this mess is forcing companies to finally admit that it's viable for a lot of people.
  • When Covid first happened, I went out of my mind being trapped at home. I'm more on the extrovert side. We may end up perm but right now it's week on / off so that's doable for me. It's good to see company care to accommodate for their employees.
  • Just before covid happened my company sold my building and gave me the option to work from home permanently. After covid, my wife got the same offer. We're loving it. Our expenses are way down. Stress is way down.
  • I need this, what do you do? 😁
  • Where do I apply?
  • Companies realize they don't need the overhead. Days of new mega campuses might be done.
  • The accommodations those with disabilities have been asking for for years are now being granted because the abled need them. Where were these accommodations when we asked for them?