Microsoft has revealed new guidelines for their operations, namely that remote working will continue to play a huge role now and in the future.
The company will now allow employees to work from home permanently for at least part of the time. Additionally, staff will now have more work schedule flexibility which will allow them to have the freedom to choose when they work.
Flexibility in the workplace has proven to be an invaluable asset for businesses. Allowing employees to be agile gives them the chance to work when they are most productive.
Some people may work best from their home so they can make sure their children are getting to school safely or attending their virtual classes. However, others may prefer to come to the office to get away from the distractions of homes.
However an employee chooses to work, having a choice tells workers that their managers trust them to get their work done, thus boosting their job satisfaction.
“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,” writes Kathleen Hogan, Chief People Officer at Microsoft.
However, it is essential for business leaders to avoid placing judgment on those who do opt to stay at home. Looking at who is more productive is itself counterproductive to nurturing a healthy work culture.