U.S. media reports, citing senior Microsoft officials, claimed that the company would continue to allow employees to work from home on a permanent basis after January 2021. Employees will be given the option to work from home on a permanent basis in addition to the office. It will be the first company in the world to do so.
A report in The Verge, a website known for technology news, claimed that Microsoft would allow its employees to work from home on a permanent basis. By January 2021, the company had already announced work from home. The company will not open an office before 2021, but even after that, employees who want to work from home will be given that option.
The report quoted a company official as saying: “The company’s goal is to keep pace with the changing times.” Employees will be given the option to work from home even after the Corona epidemic so that they can manage individual lifestyles and professional needs.
However, it was not clear whether the employees working in labs etc. would be able to avail this facility. According to experts, in the case of employees whose work profile does not require them to come to the office, the option of working from home will be open, but those who need to come to the office will have to come to the office and work. The report claims that it is the first company in the world to offer both options in this way even after the epidemic.
According to a company official, employees who work from home for less than 90 per cent of the day will not have to seek the manager’s permission, but if they have to work from home for more than that, they will have to follow the company’s prescribed procedure.
In addition to Microsoft, companies such as Facebook and Twitter have allowed work-from-home worldwide from the lockdown period until 2021. The offices of these companies operating all over the world will be reopened from January 2021.