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Microsoft knowledgeable staff this week that they may have extra flexibility to work at home, even after it is protected to return to places of work, an organization spokesperson instructed CNBC Friday.

The brand new tips, previously reported by The Verge, permit all Microsoft staff to work remotely lower than 50% of the time. Staff can even request approval from their managers to work remotely full time, and even transfer to a brand new location, with salaries adjusted primarily based on geography.

Microsoft final instructed U.S. staff to count on to work remotely till not less than January 2021.

“We shared tips internally this week to offer choices for our staff to plan forward for after we can return to the office safely,” a Microsoft spokesperson stated in an announcement to CNBC. “Our objective is to evolve the best way we work over time with intentionā€”guided by worker enter, knowledge and our dedication to assist particular person work types and enterprise wants whereas dwelling our tradition.”

Microsoft referred to the brand new coverage as a “hybrid mannequin,” not an all-encompassing, everlasting work at home rule that other tech companies like Twitter have applied. It is nearer to Facebook‘s current remote work policy, which permits staff to work at home with supervisor approval and transfer to a distinct location with adjusted salaries. Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted in Might that fifty% of staff shall be working remotely throughout the subsequent 5 to 10 years.

Some Microsoft jobs, like knowledge heart administration roles, will nonetheless require staff to point out as much as work in individual. The brand new coverage applies to every worker in another way, relying on what their job is.

Microsoft has greater than 166,000 staff, according to its latest reported data.