See you at the top! Microsoft has reportedly updated its internal guidance for employees working from home. I have written for a range of titles including Computer Shopper, Expert Reviews, Forbes, IT Pro, the Metro, PC Pro, TechRadar, Tes, uSwitch and WIRED. Employees can work from home full time with manager approval. Employees can also request approval from their managers to work remotely full time, or even move to a new location, with salaries adjusted based on geography. Global Business and Financial News, Stock Quotes, and Market Data and Analysis. A Division of NBCUniversal. Microsoft won’t be re-opening its offices until July 2021 “at the earliest”, according to an internal email obtained by ZDNet, which means its employees will continue to work remotely. The company notes that it may not be possible for all jobs to be performed remotely. Microsoft employees were told this week that they will be able to work remotely less than 50% of the work week once it's safe to return to offices. In a memo, the company said it will allow employees to work from home freely for less than 50% of their working week, but said that managers will be able to approve permanent remote work if staff request it. Their pay, though, will be adjusted based on where they work. They can also move to a new location for remote work, with salaries adjusted based on geography, if their manager approves. Microsoft won’t be re-opening its offices until July 2021 “at the earliest”, according to an internal email, which means its employees will continue to work remotely. Now, Joe’s mission is to pass on what he’s learned -- and what he continues to learn -- as a contributing writer to Fool.com. The tech titan is adopting a "hybrid workplace" system that will allow its people to work from home less than half their workweek, and those seeking to do so on a full-time basis are encouraged to speak with their managers. Microsoft Corp. MSFT, +0.49% is giving employees the option to work from home permanently under a "hybrid workplace" plan during and after the … Some Microsoft jobs, such as data center management roles, will still require employees to show up to work in person. While we may be working from home, that doesn’t guarantee our work machines came with us (let’s hope they’re at least digital distancing while back at the office). You may opt-out by. "The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to think, live, and work in new ways," Microsoft's Chief People Officer Kathleen Hogan told employees, as reported by The Verge. Microsoft will allow some of its employees to work from home permanently. For those whose work can be done entirely remote, there are options to relocate - even internationally - if approved. "Our goal is to evolve the way we work over time with intention—guided by employee input, data and our commitment to support individual work styles and business needs while living our culture.". However, the company is also giving its employees the option to relocate within the U.S. and even internationally if possible. (Photo by Aleksander ... [+] Kalka/NurPhoto via Getty Images). Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted in May that 50% of employees will be working remotely within the next five to 10 years. Sign up for free newsletters and get more CNBC delivered to your inbox. All Rights Reserved. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on how Big Tech should react to House antitrust report. In turn, Microsoft's new work-from-home initiatives should help to strengthen its already highly skilled workforce and position it for long-term success in today's shifting employment environment. Joe honed his investing skills as an analyst for Stock Advisor, Supernova, and Fool One. Got a confidential news tip? Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that employees can request to work from home on a permanent basis, even once the pandemic is over. I cover Tech in Europe, including big tech, PC hardware and telecoms, EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change, Michigan Economic Development Corporation BrandVoice, Microsoft announced that employees can request to work from home on a permanent basis. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. Microsoft informed employees this week that they will have more flexibility to work from home, even after it's safe to return to offices, a company spokesperson told CNBC on Friday. Yet the benefits of a distributed workforce are likely to be felt long after the pandemic subsides. Returns as of 11/27/2020. The company previously advised employees that they would be able to return to the office in January, but now says that based on consultation with "health and data experts," it will extend the option for US employees to work remotely through July 6, 2021. According to the email, Microsoft offices in the United States likely won't reach "Stage 6" - when the pandemic is no longer deemed to have a significant impact on the country - until July 6, 2021. © 2020 CNBC LLC. Amazon this week extended its own remote-work policy for some employees until June 2021, while Google and Facebook previously announced they wouldn't require employees in the office until next June and July, respectively. 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This stage represents a time when COVID-19 is no longer a significant burden on a country/region and most health and safety restrictions at our worksites are removed," Microsoft's Kurt Delbene, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Core Services Engineering and Operations, said. It will also be able to hire workers who are either unable or unwilling to work in a typical office environment. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. The Ascent is The Motley Fool's new personal finance brand devoted to helping you live a richer life. Teams work better when members know what to expect of each other. Microsoft will also provide other benefits, such as flexible work schedules and reimbursement for home-office setup expenses. Always meet your deadlines—This should go without saying, but it’s important to make sure you aren’t slacking off. It's closer to Facebook's recent remote work policy, which allows employees to work from home with manager approval and move to a different location with adjusted salaries. Microsoft will be able to source talent from areas far beyond its office locations. Market data powered by FactSet and Web Financial Group. Data is a real-time snapshot *Data is delayed at least 15 minutes. I'm a freelance technology journalist, copywriter and editor with more than a decade of experience in the industry. We want to hear from you. Stock Advisor launched in February of 2002. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is giving its employees the flexibility to work remotely more often.. Microsoft informed employees this week that they will have more flexibility to work from home, even after it's safe to return to offices, a company spokesperson told CNBC on Friday.. I'm a freelance technology journalist, copywriter and editor with more than a decade of experience in the industry. Microsoft referred to the new policy as a "hybrid model," not an all-encompassing, permanent work-from-home rule that other tech companies such as Twitter have implemented. The goal is now for employees to be able to return to its offices in July, not January, of next year. As ZDNet reports, a number of Microsoft staff are already working from the company’s corporate offices in the US. Microsoft sign and logo are seen on September 14, 2020 in Warsaw, Poland. Microsoft's new policy is certainly due in part to the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to sicken millions of people around the world. Tip #1 – Use your own device if your work computer didn’t get the “work from home” memo. This updated guidance sees Microsoft following in the footsteps of other tech giants. Microsoft has more than 166,000 employees, according to its latest reported data. In lieu of these devices, you might need to work on your personal one. "Returning to the worksite remains optional until we get to Stage 6. Microsoft is embracing the benefits of a distributed workforce. Prior to going freelance in 2020, I was editor of UK tech tabloid The INQUIRER. Working from home may lead to fewer of its employees contracting COVID-19 than if they congregated in crowded offices.