Microsoft officials believed the company would fully reopen on July 6. But this date is now set for September 7. This week marked the “soft” reopening of Microsoft’s campus headquarters in Redmond, which was largely closed last year due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Microsoft had planned to fully reopen its headquarters on July 6, but decided this week to postpone that date by two months.
Kurt DelBene, head of corporate strategy at Microsoft, sent a note to employees on April 1 informing them that Microsoft would move to “phase 6” of its reopening plan by September 7 at the earliest.
Last fall, Microsoft officials told employees they were pushing back the date for the reopening of the company’s US offices from January 2021 to July 2021. At the end of March, Microsoft provided another update on its reopening plans inspired by the COVID-19 coronavirus, informing employees that they would move to stage 4 (gradual reopening) of Microsoft offices on March 29.
Some employees have the option of continuing to work from home full time
In September 2020, Microsoft announced an update to its work from home policy, whereby most of its employees are allowed to work from home part time – that is, less than 50% of the time. With manager approval, some employees have the option of continuing to work from home full time. A month later, Microsoft’s management team announced internally that they expected its US sites to be in the company’s “Stage 6” phase from July 6, 2021, meaning they would be fully reopened. (Even if fully reopened, hybrid work will remain the norm).