A Microsoft exec said that some staff slept in data centers during the pandemic to avoid getting stuck in roadblocks on the commute home
Microsoftemployees slept in the company's data centersduring the pandemic, an exec said.
- Kristen Roby Dimlow said these employees were worried about being unable to travel home.
- Another Microsoft exec previously told CNBC the company provided staff transport to data centers.
Employees at Microsoft data centers sometimes slept on site during the pandemic, according to an executive at the tech giant.
For some Microsoft employees in technical roles, remote working proved impossible. These included some staff at sites housing servers for Microsoft's online services, including Microsoft Teams, CNBC reported.
"I heard amazing stories about people actually sleeping in data centers," Kristen Roby Dimlow, corporate vice president for total rewards, performance, and human resources business insights at Microsoft, said Wednesday during a conversation with Morgan Stanley analysts, per CNBC.
"In certain countries there was huge lockdown, and so we would have our own employees choose to sleep in the data center because they were worried they'd get stuck at a roadblock, trying to go home," she said.
When asked for comment by CNBC, Microsoft would not say where or how many staff slept in data centers. Microsoft did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
During the pandemic, the company let data-center employees
She said that the company provided transport to and from the sites, and let people stay in hotels if they didn't want to take public transport. In some cases, the company turned to shift work to ensure the centers were properly staffed, she said.
Microsoft is introducing flexible working, allowing most of its 160,000 employees to choose their return-to-office schedules. Under the policy, most staff can spend less than half their week working remotely without manager approval.
In May, the company released a video showing what it thinks the future of hybrid working looks like. This included eye-level cameras installed in meeting-room tables so that in-person attendees can make eye contact with their virtual teammates.
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