Microsoft is leaning into flexible work policies as COVID-19 cases hit record numbers and a vaccine for the general public remains months away.
“Flexibility can mean different things to each of us, and we recognise there is no one-size-fits-all solution given the variety of roles, work requirements and business needs we have at Microsoft,” said Kathleen Hogan, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Microsoft. “To address this, we have provided guidance to employees to make informed decisions around scenarios that could include changes to their work site, work location, and/or work hours once offices are open without any COVID-19 restrictions. Our step-by-step guidance includes considerations like office space, salary and benefits, local law, personal taxes, expenses and more.”
Microsoft’s guidance covers the physical workspace, which is still a necessity for some employees. However, for the majority of roles at the company, Microsoft views working from home less than 50% of the time to be the new norm.
Additionally, work schedule and location flexibility will also be seen as standard for most jobs both part-time and full-time. While the amount of flexibility a worker gains depends on their position, Microsoft hopes this can facilitate honest conversations between managers and team members about what does and does not work for them.