On February 28th, Microsoft expects to reopen its headquarters in Washington state, where it is based. Microsoft’s reopening plans altered many times in 2021 before being postponed indefinitely in September, but the corporation has now set a clear date.
In a blog post, Chris Capossela, a Microsoft executive vice president and chief marketing officer, argues that high immunization rates in King County, as well as decreased hospitalizations and fatalities in the state, are “part of what enables us to advance to this stage of our hybrid work journey.”
Microsoft, on the other hand, isn’t making it mandatory for employees to return to work. Instead, beginning February 28th, employees will have 30 days to “modify their routines and adopt the working preferences they’ve agreed upon with their bosses,” according to Capossela.
“We believe many of our other US sites will follow suit when conditions allow,” Capossela said. The company’s Bay Area operations in California will also reopen on February 28th.
Other IT businesses have similarly changed their workplace plans in recent weeks. Meta plans to reopen its doors on March 28th, and all staff must have had a COVID-19 booster dose before returning to work.
To enter the workplace, Apple employees will need to provide documentation of a COVID-19 booster or give negative COVID-19 quick antigen testing. Google indicated in December that it will wait until later this year to make fresh return-to-office plans.