Microsoft is joining the list of companies that is making remote work a permanent part of its corporate culture.
As the coronavirus pandemic forced companies to send their employees home and adopt remote workflows, many companies were surprised at how smooth the transition went. As a result, companies began to announce permeant adjustments to their corporate policies, making remote work a permanent option.
Microsoft is now the latest to join this trend. According to a blog post, the company will allow employees to work remotely for less than 50% of their schedule. According to The Verge, Microsoft will also allow employees to transition to permanent remote work with manager approval. Those employees that choose to do so will lose their office space, but will be able to use “touchdown” space for those times they need to be in the office.
“Flexibility can mean different things to each of us, and we recognize there is no one-size-fits-all solution given the variety of roles, work requirements and business needs we have at Microsoft,” wrote Kathleen Hogan – Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer.
Microsoft’s announcement is just the lastest indication that remote work is here to stay. While some jobs require in-person attendance, the pandemic has shown that the vast majority of traditional office jobs can just as easily be performed remotely.