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Microsoft to reopen offices in WA and CA starting February 28

Other Microsoft offices in the US will follow as conditions allow.

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Microsoft announced plans today to reopen several of its offices – most notably company headquarters located in Raymond, WA – starting Monday, February 28. The reopening plans come two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, with the decision being based around local health metrics and the availability of COVID-19 vaccines.

Microsoft will reopen offices including headquarters in Raymond, WA and the new Silicon Valley Campus in California starting February 28.
Microsoft will reopen offices including headquarters in Raymond, WA and its new Silicon Valley Campus in California starting February 28.

It’s not just offices in Washington that are reopening, but also offices in California’s Bay Area like the new Silicon Valley Campus which is also set to reopen on February 28. Microsoft notes in the blog post that “many of our other U.S. locations will follow suit as conditions allow.”

Offices won’t be reopened to employees alone, but visitors and guests as well. If this move sounds a bit risky, Microsoft takes time to elaborate on factors being considered in regards to reopening offices like those in Washington, such as high community and employee vaccination rates.

Staff will have 30 days to adjust to a new work routine following the reopening of several Microsoft offices including headquarters in Raymond, WA.
Staff will have 30 days to adjust to a new work routine following the reopening of several Microsoft offices, including headquarters in Raymond, WA.

The move to reopen offices means in-person work will inevitably resume for Microsoft employees, however, it’s reported that staff will have 30 days to adjust to a work routine they and their managers decide upon. As such, it sounds like it’ll be possible for individuals with medical concerns to continue working remotely, or as part of a hybrid setup.

Reasons for reopening include high community and employee vaccination rates.
Reasons for reopening Microsoft offices in CA and WA include high community and employee vaccination rates.

It’s interesting to see companies like Microsoft begin to reopen offices in states like Washington and California, although the reasons provided by Microsoft make sense when it comes to things like vaccination rates in those areas.

We’re curious, what do you think of Microsoft’s decision? Feel free to share your thoughts with us, and also be sure to check out some of our other pandemic-related coverage including E3 2022 being virtual again this year in light of concerns regarding the Omicron variant.

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    February 14, 2022 3:15 PM

    Morgan Shaver posted a new article, Microsoft to reopen offices in WA and CA starting February 28

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      February 14, 2022 3:21 PM

      Oh no :( I hope they keep their full time remote options

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        February 15, 2022 8:37 AM

        It sounds like it is up to the discretion of the supervisor. I would expect they continue to have remote-only positions since at least in the short term remote-only has become the norm. We will see if the trend reverses in the next few years.

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      February 14, 2022 6:35 PM

      Crap, the heist timetable has been accelerated.

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      February 14, 2022 7:01 PM

      Internally, they’ve made it pretty clear that for most folks, this is optional. Lots of people are eager to get back on campus, but here in MN, I’ll be remote for the foreseeable future.

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        February 15, 2022 8:21 AM

        "for most folks, this is optional" meaning that people in WA and CA don't have to go back if they don't want to, or are you just referring to the idea that they're only making it mandatory in those two places (and not, say, MN)

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          February 15, 2022 8:23 AM

          Some people just have to be on site. Hardware testing labs, etc.

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          February 15, 2022 9:09 AM

          My friend had been working in Redmond for the last 15 years and asked his boss if he could move to upstate new york and do the same job remotely permanently and was given the all clear. They seem pretty happy with letting their employees do whatever they want.

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      February 15, 2022 8:41 AM

      They did announce a while back that staff would be able to WFH up to 50% without manager approval (and more with) so they are still planning to be flexible.

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        February 15, 2022 8:46 AM

        I follow Jeffrey Snover on Twitter he just posted https://mobile.twitter.com/jsnover/status/1493615981851205635
        Microsoft’s WA offices open at the end of the month.

        I know a number of people are nervous.

        I’m in a number of exec meetings where EVERYONE is eager to bend over backwards to accommodate their people.

        Talk to your manager about what you need.

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      February 15, 2022 9:15 AM

      Raymond, WA?

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