Employees To Get Permanent Work From Home Through Summer 2021

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  • 90% employees don’t want to a rigid office schedule: Dropbox’s internal survey
  • Employees can make their own schedules in the new ‘virtual first’ policy
  • Dropbox will set up collaboration spaces called ‘Dropbox Studios’ 

Cloud services company Dropbox is allowing its employees to work from home permanently, as part of its new ‘virtual first’ approach, it announced Tuesday in a blog post.

All employees of Dropbox have been working from home since March when the pandemic triggered lockdowns. This mandatory work-from-home policy has now been extended until June 2021. The change comes after an internal survey by the company suggested that nearly 90% of employees feel productive at home and don’t want to return to a rigid five-day in-office workweek.

Dropbox is the latest to join technology companies including Microsoft, Twitter, Slack, and Facebook to announce permanent work-from-home policies.

“Remote work will be the primary experience for all employees and the day-to-day default for individual work,” Dropbox said in the blog post.

With the coronavirus pandemic upsetting the conventional work culture around the world, Dropbox is using the opportunity to introduce changes to its internal working.

In the blog post, the company said it would be changing its current offices into flexible co-working spaces — Dropbox Studios — designed especially for collaboration rather than solo work. The utilization of the co-working spaces in San Francisco, Seattle and Austin, and Dublin in Ireland, will depend on the teams’ needs. More co-working spaces could be set up if they turn out to be successful.

The company is also introducing ‘non-linear workdays,’ allowing employees to make their own schedules between time zones beyond Dropbox’s core collaboration hours. Dropbox will also facilitate employees’ relocation to other cities where it has offices.

“As our workforce grows more distributed, this will help balance collaboration with

Seoul Semiconductor Obtains Permanent Injunction Against LED Lighting Products Made by Philips Brand Lighting Affiliate in Germany

Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (“Seoul”) (KOSDAQ 046890), a leading global innovator of LED products and technology, announced that it has successfully obtained a permanent injunction and destruction in a patent litigation against Leuchtstark Vertriebs GmbH for infringement of Seoul’s patents in Germany.

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The world’s first 2nd generation LED technologies of Seoul Semiconductor (Graphic: Business Wire)

Infringing products are LED light bulbs manufactured by Klite lighting, a subsidiary of Signify – formerly Philips Lighting. In other recent litigations, Seoul has obtained two permanent injunctions against Philips brand television products as well.

The District Court of Düsseldorf also ordered the distributor to recall infringing products sold after October 2017 from commercial customers and to destroy those products.

“To enjoy benefits of the 2nd generation technology, Seoul’s intellectual property is absolutely necessary,” said Chung Hoon Lee and Young Joo Lee, CEOs of Seoul. “Seoul has a patent license relationship with Nichia Corporation and NS only and has no other such a relationship with Korean or U.S. LED companies,” they added.

About Seoul Semiconductor
Seoul Semiconductor is the world’s second-largest global LED manufacturer, a ranking excluding the captive market, and has more than 14,000 patents. Based on a differentiated product portfolio, Seoul offers a wide range of technologies, and mass produces innovative LED products for indoor and outdoor lighting, automotive, IT products, such as mobile phone, computer displays, and other applications, as well as the UV area. The company’s world’s first development and mass production products are becoming LED industry standard and leading the global market with a package-free LED, WICOP; a high-voltage AC-driven LED, Acrich; an LED with 10X the output of a conventional LED, nPola; a cutting edge ultraviolet clean technology LED, Violeds; an all direction light emitting technology, filament

Microsoft Allows Some Staff Permanent Remote Work

Microsoft  (MSFT) – Get Report will allow staff, with permission from their managers, to work from remote locations permanently, a media report says.

The Redmond, Wash., software maker company outlined new guidelines about working plans, which were obtained by The Verge.

The new rules also allow Microsoft employees to freely work from home for less than half their working weeks, the Verge reported.

“The covid-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to think, live, and work in new ways,” said Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s chief people officer, in a note to employees.

The company said that what it called the hybrid workplace guidelines would give workers flexibility, maintain individual work styles, and balance business needs.

Workers who choose to work from home permanently will give up their assigned office spaces, but they will still be able to use other space available at Microsoft’s headquarters.

Microsoft said that workers with job roles requiring access to hardware labs, data centers, and in-person training will still need to come to the company’s offices.

Employees allowed to work remotely can also opt for domestic relocation with approval or seek to move internationally, according to the company.

But with flexibility in moving across the country for remote work, Microsoft employees may see their compensation and benefits change, the Verge reported.

In July, the software giant previously notified its employees that its U.S. offices will not reopen until Jan. 21.

And earlier this month, Microsoft said it would invest $1 billion to build three data centers in greater Athens and by 2025 would train 100,000 people in Greece in digital technologies.

Microsoft shares at last check were trading up 1.7% at $214.06.

Microsoft’s new ‘hybrid workplace’ policy will make working from home a permanent part of the mix

Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg)

Microsoft has released new “hybrid workplace” guidance that lays out how employees can have a more flexible remote work schedule and even relocate elsewhere in the country as the tech giant continues to adjust to changing needs during the ongoing pandemic.

The Verge first reported on the internal messaging Friday, saying that Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft will allow employees to work from home freely for less than 50 percent of their working week, and managers will be able to approve permanent remote work.

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Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s chief people officer, said in a note to employees that the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged everyone to “think, live, and work in new ways.”

“We will offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual work styles, while balancing business needs, and ensuring we live our culture,” Hogan wrote, as reported by The Verge.

A Microsoft spokesperson also confirmed the guidelines to GeekWire, saying in a statement that the “goal is to evolve the way we work over time with intention.”

Other highlights in The Verge report include:

  • Employees who opt to WFH permanently will give up their assigned office space, but can still use “touchdown space” at Microsoft offices.
  • Employees can move across country for remote work, but compensation and benefits will change and vary depending on the company’s own geopay scale. Those who move will need to cover their own relocation expenses.
  • Microsoft will cover home office expenses for permanent remote workers.
  • Flexible working hours will be available without manager approval.

The company stressed that some roles still require access to Microsoft offices, hardware, data centers and in-person training.

Microsoft was one of the first companies