Microsoft says Washington employees can head back to the office. But a new study from the company suggests many won’t want to.

Microsoft says Washington employees can head back to the office. But a new study from the company suggests many won't want to.

Workers at tech giant Microsoft could head back to the office at the end of this month — if they want to. The Fortune 500 company, which employs more than 160,000 people around the world, acknowledged remote work is here to stay as it prepares for the soft reopen of its Redmond, Washington headquarters and nearby campuses.

Employees who work at the headquarters or nearby will have the choice to return to the facilities, continue to work remotely, or do a mix of both.

The announcement comes as Microsoft releases its Work Trend Index on Monday. The study, which examined how the last year has changed the nature of work, found 73% of workers surveyed want flexible remote work options to continue. […]