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Microsoft’s Return Puts Focus on Workers Who Are Skipping the Office

  • Managers must approve schedules that are more than 50% remote
  • Engineers test camera angles, table shape to improve products
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The Future of Offices: Closer to Where You Live?

Microsoft Corp. has begun calling employees back to its headquarters in recent weeks, but its return-to-office strategy hinges on hybrid work. 

From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, companies are navigating the messy transition to the workplace after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic. Microsoft has a unique perspective since it sells remote collaboration tools that compete with Zoom Video Communications Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. Even as workers trickle back to their desks, the company’s leaders are focused on those employees who aren’t working in the office.