- Microsoft has taken the work-from-home concept a step further by offering employees the choice of working from home
- 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 believe that the traditional office has its benefits and will not abandon offices completely
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 leap and make the new normal a permanent thing.
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.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to think, live and work in new ways," human resources head Kathleen Hogan said in a note to employees obtained by The Verge.
"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 that 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," Hogan wrote.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za American billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates has rubbished theories claiming he created Covid-19 to profiteer from the pandemic.
Since the outbreak of the virus in Wuhan, China in December 2019, thousands of assumptions have emerged linking the software developer to the highly contagious disease.
In other news, Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune passed a $100 billion mark for the first time on Thursday, August 6 after his company Facebook Inc hit a record profit after the release of Reels.
According to Bloomberg, Facebook's founder has joined the league of centibillionaires of Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates. It should be noted that his fortune largely comes from his 13% stake in Facebook.
This development adds to the fact that American tech titans have had their fortune take a huge surge this year as the coronavirus pandemic makes people conduct their activities online more than before.