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Tech giant, Microsoft has announced it will offer more freedom to its employees to be able to work from home when offices reopen. The company circulated “hybrid workplace” guidance internally that suggests more flexibility, before posting it on its blog Friday.

Most employees  of the company are still working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, The circular will allow Managers to approve permanent remote work, and employees who take that option will give up their assigned office space but be able to work in certain areas if and when they come into the office. In addition, employees will seemingly be able to work from home freely if they spend 50% of their work hours at the office.

Workers whose jobs are linked to hardware labs, data centers, and in-person training will need to retain access to the company’s offices.

In the blog post, Microsoft said the objective is to help employees plan ahead for the future. “For now, returning to many of our offices around the world is still optional for employees, except for essential onsite roles. While we’ve shared that we will challenge long-held assumptions and seek to be on the forefront of what is possible leveraging technology, we have also communicated that we are not committing to having every employee work from anywhere, as we believe there is value in employees being together in the workplace”.

Source:Microsoft blog