Microsoft will allow employees to work from home permanently according to an internal memo.
The memo described the company’s plan to build a hybrid workplace, with employees having the ability to work from home for less than 50% of the work week.
It adds that managers will have the ability to approve permanent remote working positions for workers who request it, with Microsoft covering home office expenses.
The majority of the company’s 150,000-person workforce is currently working remotely. Those who can work from home full-time may have the ability to relocate if they are approved.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to think, live, and work in new ways,” said Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s chief people officer. “We will offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual workstyles, while balancing business needs, and ensuring we live our culture.”