Microsoft will partially reopen its Redmond campus next week

On Monday Microsoft has announced that it would start allowing more employees back into its headquarters starting on March 29. The headquarter is in Redmond, Washington.

In the six-step “dial,” this stage of reopening is described as step 4 by Microsoft. In this stage, the Redmond campus will give nonessential on-site employees the choice to work from the office, home, or a combination of two. Microsoft will still keep ensuring that the employees are wearing their masks and maintaining social distancing.

Microsoft has decided to completely open its office; without restrictions, only when the COVID-19 pandemic stops spreading so quickly.

Still, office life for Microsoft’s 160,000 employees is not likely to look like what it did before the pandemic.

“Once we reach a point where Covid-19 no longer presents a significant burden on our communities, and as our sites move to the open stage of the dial, we view working from home part of the time (less than 50 percent) as standard for most roles,” Mr. DelBene wrote on the company blog.

Microsoft also released on Monday the results of a survey that shows the workforce has changed after a year of remote working.

In the survey of more than 30,000 full-time and self-employed workers, 73 percent said they wanted flexible remote work options to continue, and 46 percent said they were planning to move this year now that they could work remotely.

“There are some companies that think we’re just going to go back to how it was,” Jared Spataro, the corporate vice president for Microsoft 365, said in an interview. “However, the data does seem to indicate that they don’t understand what has happened over the last 12 months.”