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Microsoft Employees Will Return Offices In March

Microsoft will soon begin reopening its offices. In March, all Redmond employees will have to get used to leaving their home office every now and then – it won’t be quite the same as it was before the pandemic. Employees then have 30 days from February 28 to adjust their work processes and take over the working hours agreed with their supervisors, explained Microsoft CEO Chris Capossela. As he further explained, the group management’s decision is based in part on the high vaccination rates in King County, where most Microsoft employees live.

Here, more than 91 percent of the population over the age of 5 has now been vaccinated at least once and 83.8 percent is fully protected. But hospital admissions and other factors were also taken into account. In addition, current situation analyzes have also led to the decision to fully reopen Microsoft’s California offices at the end of this month. Other US locations will follow depending on local developments; separate rules are made for this.

Hybrid model implemented

The openings do not mean that all employees will return to the office every day from March. The company takes into account the development of the last few months, where several new ways have emerged to allow the teams to work together with each other, but also with customers. In the future, the group will therefore rely on hybrid work models that combine office and home office.

And here, too, there are no rigid rules, but the employees make individual agreements with their managers. The first major Covid 19 outbreak in the United States was registered two years ago in the US state of Washington. At the time, Microsoft was the first major employer to take a hard line on the development and immediately relocate all employees to the home office to break the contact chains.