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Microsoft: Most employees can work from home less than 50 percent of the time

Microsoft officials this week set some new official guidelines for work-from-home for the company’s 166,000 or so employees as of 2019. Most employees will be able to work from home part-time, meaning less than 50 percent. With manager approval, some will have the option to work from home full-time.

The new rules are the result of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. In early March, Microsoft began setting policies around which employees could and should work from home. In July, Microsoft officials said the company planned to reopen its offices partially in January 2021 at the earliest.

Then, as now, some employees are required to be onsite, depending on employees’ roles.

Microsoft management began circulating the new work-from-home rules selectively earlier this week, according to my contacts. The Verge reported on October 9 that Microsoft’s Chief People Office Kathleen Hogan also said employees could have the option of working from

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Microsoft reportedly letting employees work from home permanently

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Microsoft employees may get the chance to work from home permanently.


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Most Microsoft employees are still working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, 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.

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Microsoft’s 150,000 employees can work from home permanently: report

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

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Microsoft Will Let Employees Work From Home Permanently

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. 

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Ford tells employees they’ll work from home through June

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An estimated 32,000 Ford employees throughout North America learned Thursday they will remain working from home through June, a company official confirmed to the Free Press.

Ford had announced previously that its remote workforce would return to Ford offices no sooner than January 2021. A vast majority of the workers are U.S.-based.

Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford North America, in the cafeteria at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn. (Photo: Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Press)

“The North America workforce was informed this afternoon in a regularly scheduled meeting that is led by Kumar Galhotra, president, Americas and international markets group. It was virtual,” said Cassandra Hayes, Ford manager of transformation communications.

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Europe’s Banks Get Serious About Work From Home After Covid

(Bloomberg) — So how much will you really be able to work from home after the pandemic? A lot more than you might think, if you work for a European bank.

As some Wall Street executives warn of the perils of working from home for too long, Europe’s biggest lenders are getting serious about using lessons learned in the pandemic to lower costs and afford employees a better work-life balance. They’re changing a culture that has seen few disruptions of this magnitude since modern office buildings were created.

Leading the way in Europe are the Dutch, whose biggest banks predict that staff will be working about half their time from home once the pandemic is over. In Italy, UniCredit SpA plans to have 40% of work done remotely after the crisis, while Switzerland’s UBS Group AG estimates that employees could work from home about a third of the time.



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Europe’s Banks Get Serious About Work From Home After Pandemic

(Bloomberg) — So how much will you really be able to work from home after the pandemic? A lot more than you might think, if you work for a European bank.

As some Wall Street executives warn of the perils of working from home for too long, Europe’s biggest lenders are getting serious about using lessons learned in the pandemic to lower costs and afford employees a better work-life balance. They’re changing a culture that has seen few disruptions of this magnitude since modern office buildings were created.

Leading the way in Europe are the Dutch, whose biggest banks predict that staff will be working about half their time from home once the pandemic is over. In Italy, UniCredit SpA plans to have 40% of work done remotely after the crisis, while Switzerland’s UBS Group AG estimates that employees could work from home about a third of the time.



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What is a reverse mortgage, and how does it work?

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A reverse mortgage is a type of home loan for people age 62 or older. It’s for people who have gained equity in their home since originally buying it, and likely have paid off their mortgage already.

A forward mortgage — which you probably think of as a regular mortgage — is a type of loan you’d use to buy a home. You make monthly payments to the lender until the home is paid off, and over time, your debt decreases.

A reverse mortgage, on the other hand, is used after you’ve already bought the home. The lender pays you, and the money comes out of the equity you’ve

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How To Request A Permanent Work From Home Arrangement

Best-selling author Christine Michel Carter is the #1 global voice for working moms. Christine’s voice transpires across miles into the heart, mind, and soul of moms everywhere. Women in the United States, Canada, Africa, Australia, France, the UK, Spain, China and India love her writing; it’s reflected in her international social media following and above-average social media engagement rates.

Featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post, she has been called a “working mom who’s changing the world,” ”making a positive impact in the world,” “the mom of mom influencers,” a “mom on the move,“ a “branding mastermind,” one of the “funniest parents on social media,“ one of the “best working mom blogs to follow for support, laughs, and advice,“ “the exec inspiring millennial moms,” and “the voice of millennial moms.”

Christine clarifies misconceptions about working mom consumers for brands and serves as an amplifier of their personal

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5 Tips To Combat Work From Home Burnout

A pandemic, an election year, hurricanes, wildfires, social unrest—what more can we pile on to our 2020 experience? Most of us find ourselves working from home full-time while juggling homeschooling, pets, extended family and more. These are challenging times, especially for working parents. If you don’t foster healthy habits, it will be challenging to support the people around you, whether it’s family, friends, employees, clients or co-workers. That’s why it’s more important than ever to employ strategies to combat work from home burnout. Recently I connected with Denise Broady, HR expert and COO at Workforce Software, who shared her top tips to remain productive while still maintaining work-life balance.

Create a routine

Even though you might not be going to a physical office space, it’s crucial to develop a routine. Ensure you’re getting dressed every day (at least

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