Microsoft has expanded the list of employees who can go away forever
On October 9, 2020, Microsoft published a concept for creating a free workplace for its employees. The company's specialists can now carry out a comfortable relocation to the home office forever or choose more flexible options for working conditions, for example, spend several hours a week in the office.
Microsoft now allows most of its employees to do business at least 50% of the time remotely from home if their manager approves such a regime.
Microsoft employees can change the start and end times of the day, as agreed with management, to create the optimal flexible work schedule. It is allowed to go to work part-time, and managers in this situation will not interfere with the desire of employees.
Engineers working in the company's laboratories or data centers, as well as employees engaged in face-to-face training, will work on an ongoing basis without changing work schedules.
Company specialists can switch to full remote work if this option is possible for a specific position. In this case, they can choose to live in another city, state, or country, but their wages may change depending on the geographic location, tax regime, and standard of living in the new location. Part of the cost of setting up a home office at the new address is compensated by Microsoft, but the employee must pay the costs of the move himself. Employees who choose to work remotely forever will no longer have a fixed workplace in the company's office, but they will be able to use any free space to work when visiting the office.
Earlier in early May this year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that most of the company's employees, if possible, will work remotely throughout 2020.
Twitter CEO and founder Jack Dorsey has allowed all employees of the company not to return to offices and continue to work remotely from home if they have a need and desire. Dorsey noted that the last few months of the company have shown that employees are doing excellent work remotely.
The head of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, said that the company plans to transfer half of its employees to remote work in the next 5-10 years.