Microsoft does not plan to fully reopen its U.S. offices by at least January 2021. Sources who are familiar with the company’s plans report The edge Microsoft has selected January 19, 2021 as the earliest possible date for its US offices to open to employees. The software giant is currently planning a “hybrid workplace” for the gradual reopening of its offices. Microsoft has created a six-step dial that illustrates the return to normal for employees.
In the sixth phase of the clock face, the offices can be fully opened again so that employees can work again. Microsoft offices will not return to normal operations until most of the restrictions imposed during the COVID 1
These are the six stages of Microsoft job selection:
- Level 1: closed
- Level 2: Compulsory work from home
- Level 3: Working from home is highly recommended
- Level 4: gentle opening
- Level 5: Open with restrictions
- Level 6: open
“In the United States, we have found that the earliest possible date for stage 6 is January 19, 2021,” said Kurt DelBene, director of Microsoft’s corporate strategy, in an internal memo from The edge. “Our goal for Level 6 is to return to normal operations and at the same time be ready to return to an earlier stage if the virus recurs significantly.”
We expect Microsoft to adjust and postpone the January 2021 date as needed in response to the ongoing pandemic.
Microsoft originally allowed its employees to work from home in March before a mandatory home work policy was enforced as the Seattle pandemic spread. The company is currently in the second phase of its job selection, in which the compulsory work is done from home.
Microsoft is not alone in its plans to return to the office in 2021. Google plans to work remotely by July 2021, and Apple employees won’t be returning to offices until early next year. Facebook employees can also work remotely until the end of 2020, and Amazon lets employees work from home until January 2021.