Microsoft will be allowing its employees to work remotely for the indefinite future, according to a new internal memo detailing its "hybrid workplace" plan.
The tech giant will allow employees to spend up to 50% of their work hours at home without approval or to permanently work from home if they have a manager's permission. Those who choose to work entirely from home will have to give up their assigned office space.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to think, live, and work in new ways," said Microsoft Chief People Officer Kathleen Hogan. "We will offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual work styles, while balancing business needs, and ensuring we live our culture."
The new guidelines will not apply to certain onsite roles, but most job positions will be eligible. Employees will also have the option of moving anywhere in the U.S. – and, in certain cases, internationally – if they can fulfill their duties remotely from that location. Salary and benefits will be adjusted, however, according to a "geopay scale." Employees will also pay for their own relocation.
🔦 The announcement comes several months after Microsoft decided to close its offices until early 2021 due to COVID-19.