Microsoft is reportedly pushing employees to work from home due to increased concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The Verge reports that Microsoft has updated its guideline for employees, allowing employees based in its Seattle and San Francisco offices to work from home till March 25th (Microsoft previously said March 9).
The move comes after employees were reportedly dissatisfied with the actions Microsoft took internally to protect its employees. The company has already cancelled a couple of events due to the coronavirus outbreak, though it’s yet to make a decision on two of its biggest conferences, Build 2020 and Ignite.
An internal memo obtained by The Verge revealed that Microsoft is actually encouraging employees to work from home. The software maker is even recommending those who feel sick, or have had contact with some else diagnosed with coronavirus, to work from home.
That’s not too surprising, of course. A recent coronavirus outbreak in King County, Washington, which is close to Microsoft’s campus, has probably led to a lot of employees being concerned about their health and safety. There’s been a total of 31 confirmed cases of coronavirus victims in King County at the time of writing this story.
Microsoft is also pushing employees to work from home in other parts of the world, with the company closing a majority of its sites in China. In South Korea, Microsoft employees are required to work from home. And although the company’s offices in Singapore and Italy are still open, employees are allowed to work from home if needed.