Microsoft won't start reopening its offices until January 2021, and even then it will move slowly (MSFT)
Microsoft announced that it plans to begin reopening offices on January 19, 2021. The company emailed employees on July 30 informing them of a new "hybrid workplace strategy" that it plans to roll out. As part of that plan, it extended its work from home guidance until at least next year. Are you a Microsoft employee? Contact this reporter via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1-425-344-8242) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Microsoft plans to begin reopening its offices on January 19, 2021, the company confirmed to Business Insider. The company sent an email to employees on July 30 informing them of a new "hybrid workplace strategy," and extending the option to work remotely through at least January 19. "We continue to review the situation on a local basis in each region/country/state where we work and will continue to adjust dates by country as needed," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider. Microsoft told employees that it's planning a six-stage hybrid workplace transition back to the office, as first reported by The Verge. Employees are currently at stage two: "mandatory working from home." The next four stages go from, "working from home strongly encouraged" to slowly reopening offices, with restrictions. Microsoft began closing its offices in Redmond, Washington and the San Francisco Bay Area back in March when the coronavirus spread across West coast. It announced in May that offices would reopen in October. While some companies like Twitter and Spotify have decided to allow employees to work from home indefinitely, others have grappled with when and how to slowly reopen their offices. Amazon plans on reopening offices in early January, while Salesforce is opening its 160 offices slowly and instituting temperature scans. Google, meanwhile, announced employees will continue to work from home until July 2021, shuttering their offices for more than a year. Got a tip? Contact this reporter via email at email@example.com, message her on Twitter @ashannstew, or send her a secure message through Signal at 425-344-8242.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
More like this (3)
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google plans to open its US offices in a...Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google plans to open its US offices in a limited capacity in April for employees who want to work in person, the company tells The Verge. The announcement follows Microsoft, Facebook, and Uber’s plans to return to offices in the coming months. Offices will likely open in April...
Microsoft's new remote perks package lets employees expense up to $1,200 on things like student-loan payments and gardening supplies, but excludes nunchucks and DNA testing (MSFT)
Summary List PlacementMicrosoft just rolled out a new employee-wellness benefit program that lets employees expense as...Summary List PlacementMicrosoft just rolled out a new employee-wellness benefit program that lets employees expense as much as $1,200 per year on practically anything to support "physical, mental and emotional, and financial wellbeing" — from student-loan payments to seeds and plants for gardening and cooking classes, Insider has learned. The new benefit program, called Perks Plus, expands and replaces Microsoft's previous Stay Fit wellness...
Amazon's remote work plans may be more flexible and longer-term than indicated, employees say: 'I'd be shocked if we ever return to the office' (AMZN)
Summary List Placement The official guidance from Amazon is some employees can work from home until...Summary List Placement The official guidance from Amazon is some employees can work from home until next summer, but information from three employees suggests the company may have longer-term plans for a more flexible working environment. Amazon has asked at least some employees at a Seattle headquarters building to clean out their desks, and has allowed others to permanently switch to a virtual employee...