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Microsoft’s work-from-home hybrid model concerns Redmond businesses

Redmond-based Microsoft is adopting a hybrid model for employees to work remotely, which worries some Redmond shops and restaurants who rely on their business.

REDMOND, Wash. — Another major technology company is normalizing working from home. 

Redmond-based Microsoft sent an email to employees that the company will be adapting to a hybrid model that will allow for more flexibility to work from home. 

The hybrid model will allow some employees to work from home permanently, others will be able to relocate and some will return to Microsoft worksites. 

“Our goal is to evolve the way we work over time with intention—guided by employee input, data, and our commitment to support individual workstyles and business needs while living our culture,” said Microsoft in a statement. 

But news of this hybrid model was not the news Redmond restaurants and shops around the once-bustling campus wanted to hear.

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Navisite Research Finds More Than One-Third of Companies Caught Unprepared to Support Large-Scale Work-from-Home Model

ANDOVER, Mass., Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Navisite today unveiled new research that found more than one-third (36%) of companies were not prepared to support such a large-scale and abrupt transition to a remote workforce, following “shelter-in-place” mandates issued to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, more than half of the organizations polled (51%) experienced IT pains during the transition process, with a subset (29%) reporting they are still facing issues.

Navisite polled more than 100 C-level executives and IT professionals in the U.S. to understand the impact of this massive workforce relocation on business operations. Key findings from the survey include:

  • Before COVID-19, only 14% of companies had more than half of their employees working from home. Post COVID-19, more than 64% of companies have more than half of their workforce remote.
  • 36% of respondents admit their organizations were not prepared for the immediate shift to
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai Calls For A ‘Hybrid’ Work-From-Home Model

In an interview with Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai at the TIME100 Honorees: Visions for the Future event, the chief executive said that the search engine giant will be more “flexible” with its workers and offer a “hybrid” model that will include a blend of both remote and in-office methods of working. Pichai, who was recognized by TIME as one of the world’s most influential people, acknowledged that his employees have distinct needs, as it relates to their work style and preferences. 

In an attempt to offer a worker-friendly environment, Pichai said, “We firmly believe that in-person, being together, having a sense of community is super important when you have to solve hard problems and create something new so we don’t see that changing. But we do think we need to create more flexibility and more hybrid models.” He feels that this approach

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