Thousands of Microsoft staff are heading back to the office after two years of home working due to Covid-19.
The tech giant is one of several in the United States to summon their employees back as the pandemic eases.
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57,000 employees will be able to return to the sites in Bellevue, Seattle, and the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
Employees will have 30 days to change their routines and implement the working preferences they agreed upon with their superiors.
Chris Capossela, executive vice president and chief marketing officer said: “Reaching this stage allows us to fully open our facilities to employees, visitors and guests, we’re pleased to be joining other area businesses welcoming back more employees in the coming weeks.”
Expedia’s headquarters in Interbay, Washington, will reopen on a hybrid basis on Monday, April 4 – Expedia has 3,000 employees in the area.
Investment bank BNY Mellon also said this month that its employees would return to the New York City-based office on Monday. March 7.
American Express employees will return to its New York City-based office next month for hybrid work.
Facebook’s parent company Meta Platforms delayed its on-site come back to Monday. March 28.
Alphabet’s January 10 plans were also deferred.
Zoom, on the other hand, said it is still “figuring out” its return-to-office strategy.
In September, Google said it was extending its global “voluntary return-to-office policy” through to January 2022, to give workers flexibility and choice before they return.
The company now it would wait until later in 2022 to assess when US offices can safely return to a “stable, long-term working environment.”
New York City Mayor Eric Adams recently met 100 chief executive officers in an effort to cajole them “to get their workers back into the office to stimulate the city’s economy,”
He said: “Let’s start out with a three-day workweek, to let people see how safe it is to come back to work, then we cycle back into a five-day week.
“Now is the time for us to get back. I’m hoping within the next few weeks the CEOs map out a real plan of ‘this is when you need to come back.'”
In California, Gov Gavin Newsom the state will treat the coronavirus as a manageable risk.
Speaking at a news conference, he said: “What I think would be a big mistake is we are overly prescriptive in our response metrics to a specific variant or disease when in fact we know that omicron is not the last variant of this disease,”.
The Newsom government has also developed a new strategy for combatting Covid-19: SMARTER. The acronym stands for Shots, Masks, Awareness, Readiness, Testing, Education and Rx, a reference to improving treatments for the coronavirus and its variants.
Source: HRM America
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