Chief People Officer Teuila Hanson told Reuters that Microsoft’s employment-oriented social media platform, LinkedIn, will be allowing employees to opt for full-time remote work or a hybrid option as offices gradually reopen.
This new policy shifts from the initial indication in October 2020 last October that stated that LinkedIn would expect employees to work from an office 50% of the time when COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and lockdown lift. The new updated policy, which offers flexibility to work remotely full-time or work at an office part-time, will apply to LinkedIn’s global employee workforce of more than 16,000 people.
LinkedIn CPO Hanson stated in an interview ahead of the announcement that they anticipate that they will be seeing more remote employees than they witnessed before the pandemic. Hanson noted that LinkedIn is not currently making it mandatory for employees to be vaccinated against coronavirus to return to the office, in contrast to several tech companies, including Facebook and Google, that have responded to a surge in the US COVID-19 cases by requiring shots. Twitter Inc also recently announced that they are closing its recently reopened offices due to the rise in covid cases.
Greg Snapper, director of corporate communications, noted that LinkedIn employees who move locations could have their pay adjusted based on the local market where they reside. The new LinkedIn policy not only offers the flexibility to work remotely full-time or work from the office part-time, but it also indicates the Company’s care and concern for its workforce of 16,000 employees.
The tech industry was among the first industries to allow employees to work from home when COVID-19 hit the United States in 2020. But the extent to which IT Companies are embracing permanent remote work is now diverging. Software giant Apple Inc will require most employees to work from the office three days per week starting from October, while Zillow Group Inc and Reddit will allow the majority of their employees to work remotely. Alphabet Inc’s Google expects at least 60% of its workforce to return to the office at least part-time. LinkedIn is planning to reopen its global offices based on COVID-19 infection rates in each location.