A number of companies have rushed to take the necessary measures to limit the spread of the virus among employees in offices and workplaces, as the global software and technology giant Microsoft followed the example of Facebook and Twitter, after it gave its employees the option to continue working from home permanently, subject to the approval of the responsible manager, And that is according to the British network BBC.
The global company’s decision came in line with the rapid transformation of office work due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, and the BBC said that several companies are reconsidering the office space they need with the increasing likelihood that the period of remote work “from homes” may be prolonged.
Microsoft did not provide the option to work from home for all of its employees, as it said that some jobs will require the presence of employees to the workplace, such as working on equipment and supplies. Noting that many employees will be able to work part-time from home, without even the need for formal approval from their managers.
Commenting on this decision, a Microsoft spokeswoman said that the aim of the new measures is to “gradually develop the way of working, with a commitment to support individual work and business patterns.” She added that the new guidelines apply to her UK employees as well.
Since the beginning of the Corona pandemic crisis, the global economy and labor market have witnessed fundamental changes that have directly affected how job functions and businesses are performed in various parts of the world.
The BBC said in its report that more than 46% of employees in the country were doing their work from home as of April.
Whereas in the United States, the figure reached 42% in May, according to Nicholas Bloom, a professor of economics at Stanford University, whose research focuses on adults between the ages of 20 and 64, whose income last year was over 10,000 Dollars.
Analysts believe, according to what was reported by the BBC, that the increase in work from home will affect the real estate market in a way that may lead to lowering the demand for office rent and housing in cities with expensive real estate. And this is what actually happened in New York and San Francisco.
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