Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several companies, such as Facebook and Google, have extended the home office for its employees until July 2021. Some companies are already talking about adopting remote work permanently, however. This is the case Microsoft.
A document obtained by the The Verge indicates that Microsoft will allow its employees to work from home only a few days a week or, when approved by their managers, permanently.
Those who adopt the permanent home office will no longer have a fixed workplace in the office, but whenever they need or prefer to go to the company, they will find space to carry out their activities.
The new policy does not apply to all posts. Microsoft says it is the case for employees working in laboratories, data centers or in-person training, for example.
Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s head of human resources, explains that “the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to think, live and work in new ways”. It is a statement that points to a culture change within the company.
Microsoft had already made it clear to its employees that it would extend the home office until the beginning of 2021, but, presumably, the perception that remote work works has opened the door to the permanent adoption of this modality.
In this sense, the flexibility offered by the company will even allow employees to change countries and maintain their functions, as long as they can be performed remotely, of course.
The home office is a trend, but there are companies that are not very favorable to this modality. Netflix is an example. The company plans to reopen its offices as soon as there is a vaccine for COVID-19 and does not defend the discourse of permanent remote work.