Microsoft has outlined some its return-to-work plans, and this contains re-opening the Xbox firm’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington starting on March 29.
Microsoft staff worldwide have been working from dwelling since March 2020, apart from “important” on-site staff. Nevertheless, there at the moment are “a number of” locations world wide the place Microsoft has places of work which have met or exceeded authorities necessities to return to in-person work. The truth is, Microsoft has work websites in 21 international locations that may begin going again into the workplace in compliance with the present guidelines. That is about 20 % of Microsoft’s complete workforce.
And on March 29, Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington–along with close by campuses–will open once more for in-person working.
Govt vp Kurt DelBene mentioned in a statement that, through the pandemic, Microsoft has hung out contemplating how finest to “develop and evolve” the hybrid office.
“As some staff return to our international work websites and others desire or have to work remotely, we’re discovering further methods of placing our hybrid office into apply,” DelBene mentioned. “At every of our international work websites, the hybrid office mannequin strikes a steadiness, offering restricted further companies on campus for many who select to return, whereas supporting those that have to work remotely or really feel extra snug doing so. Our aim is to present staff additional flexibility, permitting folks to work the place they really feel most efficient and cozy, whereas additionally encouraging staff to earn a living from home because the virus and associated variants stay regarding.”
For Microsoft HQ in Redmond, Microsoft mentioned staff can come again to the workplace or proceed working remotely, or they will do each.
“Though we can’t predict every part the approaching months have in retailer, we’re ready to face them with a progress mindset–learning, reevaluating, and updating our response as wanted,” DelBene mentioned.
Microsoft developed what it calls a “Hybrid Office Dial” that has six outlined levels associated to the pandemic. Microsoft mentioned it used this mannequin as an alternative of particular timelines as a result of the pandemic, its results, and authorities guidelines are altering so quickly.
You possibly can see the dial beneath. Presently, Microsoft is in Stage 3, however that is anticipated to shift to Stage 4 on March 29 when staff are inspired to work remotely however can return to the workplace if desire.
For any workplace in Stage 1-5, Microsoft is enacting quite a lot of well being and security measures comparable to social distancing, face coverings, “in depth” cleansing, and each day well being checks.
“Whether or not staff are working from dwelling, on the office or using most of the outside collaboration areas we have now at our work websites, our method seeks to create a way of belonging and helps groups keep related nevertheless they select to work,” DelBene mentioned.
What’s extra, Microsoft is working with researchers, engineerings, and consultants in actual property and amenities to design “hybrid assembly areas” for the corporate’s HQ and UK campuses. “The group is investigating totally different assembly configurations and applied sciences like a number of screens, cameras, and combined actuality eventualities to know the best, inclusive set-up for hybrid work,” DelBene mentioned.
You possibly can read the full blog post on Microsoft’s website.