It seems that some Microsoft employees were sleeping in the data centers during the pandemic in order to avoid the traffic on the streets at certain times due to the lockdown. CNBC contacted Microsoft for more information on where employees slept or how many chose to do so. It would be very interesting to know what kind of accommodation and compensation Microsoft has given to these dedicated employees.
The phrase "essential worker" entered the mainstream dictionary last year during its pandemic Covid-19, but for some Microsoft employees, it had a much deeper meaning.
"I've heard amazing stories about people sleeping in data centers," said Kristen Roby Dimlow of Microsoft HR.
"In some countries the lockdowns were very strict and so some of our (Microsoft) employees chose to sleep in the data centers because they were worried they would get stuck in traffic trying to get home," he added.
Microsoft was one of the first large technology companies to embrace the choice of remote work in the early days of the pandemic. Redmond went so far as to permanently close all retail stores last summer, but has recently begun restoring some.
Microsoft in March outlined a hybrid work strategy designed to strike a balance between safety and productivity, allowing those who want to keep working from home to do so for a few days. Also, those who wish to return to the company's offices will be able to do so, if allowed by local regulations.
Source of information: techspot.com