Microsoft Corp. has decided to postpone the full return of its employees to the company’s offices until September 7.
The move is the result of “ongoing consultations with health experts,” according to a company spokesman cited by the source.
In an e-mail to staff, Executive Vice President Kurt DelBene said the delay gave “additional flexibility” to employees making plans for the summer. The top executive stressed that local office managers also have the right to resort to further postponements if the situation in their area makes a return too risky.
Microsoft is now in the “soft opening” phase, where a limited number of employees have been given the opportunity to return to their jobs. As of March, about 20 percent of employees had returned to the software giant’s offices worldwide.