- Microsoft has taken the work-from-home concept a step further by offering employees the choice of working from home permanently
- A number of companies have made a similar move after COVID-19 forced them to find social distancing solutions and made the new normal permanent
- However, Microsoft still believes that the traditional office has its benefits and will not abandon it completely
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The software mega-company Microsoft is the latest organisation to take the work-from-home concept a step further and offer it as a permanent provision.
A lot of companies had to adopt a work from home policy due to COVID-19 and some companies have chosen to make the new normal a permanent thing.
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Employees will have the option of working from home, subject to approval from their managers, and in exchange will give up their office space at the company according to The Verge.
Human resources head Kathleen Hogan in a note to employees, obtained by The Verge, said:
"The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to think, live and work in new ways.
"We will offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual work styles, while balancing business needs and ensuring we live our culture."
Hogan said they were not abandoning working from the office as there are benefits of working alongside colleagues according to ENCA.
"We are not committing to having every employee work from anywhere, as we believe there is value in employees being together in the workplace."
In other news, billionaire businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates has said the rich world will be able to put an end to the coronavirus by the end of 2021 while the world at large will be able to end it by 2022.
The Microsoft co-founder stated this in an interview with Wired magazine, which was published on Friday, August 7.
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