Oct 9, 2020

Microsoft makes remote work option permanent

Microsoft has told staff that they will have the option of working from home permanently with manager approval. The move mimics the US tech giant's rivals Facebook and Twitter, which have also said remote work would be a permanent option. "Our goal is to evolve the way we work over time with intention-guided by employee input, data, and our commitment to support individual work styles and business needs while living our culture," a Microsoft spokesperson said of the new guidance, which she said would apply to UK staff as well. At a conference this month, Microsoft's own chief executive Satya Nadella said the lack of division between private life and work life meant "It sometimes feels like you are sleeping at work". Analysts say a permanent shift to increased remote work could have widespread implications, reducing demand for office and residential properties in expensive city centres.

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