Microsoft informed employees this week that they will have more flexibility to work from home, even after it’s safe to return to offices, a company spokesperson told CNBC on Friday.


The new guidelines, previously reported by The Verge, allow all Microsoft employees to work remotely less than 50% of the time. Employees can also request approval from their managers to work remotely full time, or even move to a new location, with salaries adjusted based on geography.

此前The Verge网站报道,新的规定允许全体微软员工每周居家办公的时间不超过总工时的50%。员工也可以请经理批准全程在家办公,甚至搬往新地点办公,不过薪水要根据地理位置调整。

Microsoft last told U.S. employees to expect to work remotely until at least January 2021.


“We shared guidelines internally this week to provide options for our employees to plan ahead for when we can return to the workplace safely,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement to CNBC. “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.”


Microsoft referred to the new policy as a “hybrid model,” not an all-encompassing, permanent work-from-home rule that other tech companies such as Twitter have implemented. It’s closer to Facebook’s recent remote work policy, which allows employees to work from home with manager approval and move to a different location with adjusted salaries. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted in May that 50% of employees will be workingremotely within the next five to 10 years.


Some Microsoft jobs, such as data center management roles, will still require employees to show up to work in person. The new policy applies to each employee differently, depending on what their job is。


Microsoft has more than 166,000 employees, according to its latest reported data.