- Dropbox just announced it will allow all employees to work from home permanently.
- The company initially ordered staff to work from home in March, during the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in the US.
- The company plans to convert its existing offices to coworking spaces to aid in team-building and collaborating.
- Twitter and Atlassian have also allowed all employees to permanently work from home.
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Dropbox is going remote — permanently.
The cloud storage company announced Tuesday it will allow all employees to work from home going forward. The shift comes after an internal survey found nearly 90% of Dropbox workers said they are more productive at home.
“Starting today, Dropbox is becoming a Virtual First company,” the company said in a blog post. “Remote work (outside an office) will be the primary experience for all employees and the day-to-day default for individual work.”
Software giant Microsoft will let employees work from home permanently if they choose to, US media reported on Friday, becoming the latest employer to expand work-from-home provisions prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
US tech news website The Verge said most Microsoft employees are still at home as the health crisis drags on, and the company doesn’t expect to reopen its US offices until January of next year at the earliest.
But when it does, workers can chose to work from home permanently with their manager’s approval, although they will have to give up their office space.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to think, live and work in new ways,” human resources head Kathleen Hogan said in a note to employees obtained by The Verge.
“We will offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual work styles, while balancing business needs and ensuring we live our culture.”
Microsoft is the latest of the tech giants to enshrine working from home as a permanent fixture of its operations.
According to the Verge, which that cited an internal memo, instead of cautiously reopening its US workspaces and crossing its fingers that employees—or their loved ones—don’t end up with covid-19 as a result, Microsoft will shift to a “hybrid workspace.”
What that “hybrid” space actually looks like will mean different things to different employees. Every one of them will get the option to work remotely “for less than 50%” of their workweek, permanently. With supervisor approval, whoever, Microsoft will be granting some workers permanent remote status.
While Microsoft’s not the first major tech player to let its employees turn their homes into their forever-offices—Twitter first gave its employees that option back in mid-May—it’s still an idea that some tech CEO’s
It is now the expectation at Microsoft that workers will be remote for up to half of their hours.
As the coronavirus first spread in the United States up the West Coast, Microsoft moved in March largely to shut down its offices and require most of its staff to work from home. In May, it extended the work-from-home mandate to October, though it allowed some of its 163,000 workers around the globe to voluntarily return to their offices in stages.
At the time, Microsoft president Brad Smith said in an interview the company expects to bring back employees “more slowly rather than more quickly because, economically, we can serve the economy with more remote work than people in many industries can.”
And in July, the company said it wouldn’t fully reopen its offices until January 2021 at the earliest.
The move to make work from home permanent isn’t without precedent.
Microsoft is letting employees work from home permanently, The Verge reported on Friday, as more companies continue to embrace remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to think, live, and work in new ways,” Microsoft Chief People Officer Kathleen Hogan said in a note to employees obtained by The Verge. “We will offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual workstyles, while balancing business needs, and ensuring we live our culture.” Moving forward, company employees will have the option to work from home for less than half of the week, or to have their managers approve working from home on a permanent basis. Microsoft employees who opt for full-time remote work will lose their assigned office space but will still be able to use Microsoft’s offices whenever they need. The company said employees can move around the country if they like,
Most Microsoft employees are still working from home due to the, but the tech giant will apparently offer them more freedom to do so when its offices reopen. The company is circulating “hybrid workplace” guidance internally that suggests more flexibility, The Verge reported Friday.
Managers will be able 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, the report said. 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
Even when stay-at-home measures for the coronavirus pandemic are lifted, Microsoft employees won’t be required to come back to the office.
According to an internal Microsoft memo obtained by The Verge, Microsoft employees will be allowed to work from home for less than half of their work week. Pending manager approval, some employees will be allowed to work from home full time.
Given the nature of Microsoft’s business as a software and hardware creator, some employees with roles that require a physical presence won’t be able to take advantage of the new “hybrid workplace” policy, according to the report. Employees involved in hardware research and development, for instance, or employees involved with in-person training, won’t be able to do that work remotely.
For others, whose work can be done entirely remote, there are options to relocate — even internationally — if approved. The Verge reported that “most” of Microsoft’s 150,000
Microsoft will let its employees work from home permanently, even once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
In an internal memo seen by The Verge that highlights the company’s plans to create a “hybrid workplace”, Microsoft said it will allow employees to work from home freely for less than 50% of their working week, but has said that managers will be able to approve permanent remote work if staff request it. Part-time working hours will also be available for employees with approval from their manager.
Currently, the cast majority of the company’s employees are working from home, and Microsoft previously said they would not reopen office until at least January 2021.
For those whose work can be done entirely remote, there are options to relocate
The former home of legendary singer Nina Simone — designated as a National Treasure in 2018 — is now protected property that will be preserved for years to come.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s (NTHP) African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund partnered with the World Monuments Fund and Preservation North Carolina to secure protection for Simone’s childhood home.
Located in Tryon, North Carolina, the home is where Simone taught herself to play piano at age 3, according to NTHP. The preservation easement placed on the home by Preservation North Carolina ensures that the property owner will permanently protect the “authentic character” of the historic building.
“Nina Simone — legendary musician, social justice champion, and global inspiration — defied constraints placed on Black female performers in the mid-twentieth century to become the voice of civil rights,”