There is a change in Microsoft’s plan to reopen its offices. The software giant has delayed the reopening of its officials for physical operations. Its offices will not open at least till September. Microsoft had planned to start to reopen its offices from March 29. But the program has been put on hold in view of the pandemic. The company has, however, slowly reopened Redmond. Redmond is Microsoft’s headquarters in Washington. The company had prepared a hybrid workplace strategy as it began reopening offices. Company spokesperson said that the decision to delay the plan was taken on the basis of suggestions recommended by the health and data experts. The spokesperson added that the full opening of workplaces in the US has been postponed to September 7.
Microsoft said that the management will continue to monitor the pandemic situation region-wise and take a call on the reopening of offices. It will take appropriate decisions accordingly and adjust dates if needed. Microsoft in March prepared a six-stage strategy to reopen its offices. The plan is in accordance with the government guidelines. The company was targeting to try to reopen offices fully by July. Last year, Microsoft had announced a new policy to allow employees to work remotely. The first three phases of the hybrid work culture strictly bar employees to return to offices. The last three talks about allowing on-site work with precautions. The decision to start physical operations at offices was taken after consultation with local administration and a detailed analysis of the situation.
Notably, some employees of Microsoft are already working on-site in the US. The tech giant said that the new strategy will allow Redmond staff to choose if they want to return to the office or continue to work from home. Those who wish to continue their work remotely full time will have to take a nod from their managers. The company said that it is experimenting with the model by bringing in non-essential staff to offices with strict safety protocols in place. The personal-computer software provider has offices in 21 countries. It has more than 160,000 staff. Besides Microsoft, tech giants like Google, Facebook, Apple, and others allowed their employees to work remotely as pandemics struck the world. Notably, Google has also planned to start physical offices soon.