Some Microsoft employees slept in the company's data centers themselves during the confinement periods in 2020. Fearing that they would not be able to travel because of the Covid-19 pandemic, they preferred to opt for this radical solution.

These employees had to ensure the proper functioning of Microsoft services even in the midst of a health crisis, reports CNBC.

“I've heard incredible stories about people sleeping in data centers,” said Kristen Roby Dimlow, corporate vice president at Microsoft.

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"In some countries, there was a huge lockdown," she continued.

So our own employees chose to sleep in the data center because they feared they would get stuck at a roadblock, trying to get home.

»No indication on the number of employees concerned or on the countries where this practice took place was communicated.

Since the start of the pandemic, Microsoft employees have been able to telecommute full time.

The company has even set up a shuttle system for those fearing to take public transport.

In October 2020, the company unveiled a plan for the gradual resumption of face-to-face work, leaving maximum flexibility to its employees.

“We have provided guidance to employees to make informed decisions regarding scenarios that could include changes to their work site, workplace and / or working hours once offices are open without no COVID-19 restrictions, ”the company said.


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