Empowering our employees
At Microsoft, we’re focused on bringing out the best in people, supporting their goals, and allowing them to find deep meaning in their work.
Setting a standard for paid parental leaveOver the next year, we will implement a new policy for our U.S. suppliers to offer their employees a minimum of 12 weeks of paid family leave.
Taking risks to change the worldAt the largest private hackathon on the planet, Microsoft employees from around the world come together to fire up ideas by the thousands.
From being homeless to working at MicrosoftJameela Roland shares how she put defeat aside to become a Microsoft employee and build the future of her dreams.
The rainbow ripple effectMicrosoft employees help advance LGBTQ+ rights in the workplace and around the globe.
Meetings in the treesOn the Microsoft campus, treehouse meeting spaces bring the benefits of nature close and help evolve the future of the modern workplace.
Maestro of funSenior Director KC Lemson is a mastermind of memes and creator of the Microsoft ninja cat—she’s not afraid to laugh at herself or the company she loves.
Creating a world where women can thriveFrom burnt-out to boss—Microsoft General Manager for Office 365 Collaboration Apps Lori Wright, uses inclusiveness to find meaning and purpose.
Looking to the future through a new lensPhilip Jarvis reflects on what it’s like to work at Microsoft—in his dream job on the HoloLens team—and as an engineer who has Asperger’s syndrome.
Our commitment and approach
At Microsoft, we strive to create a respectful, rewarding, diverse, and inclusive work environment that enables our employees to create products and services that help others achieve more.
Our cultureOne of the most important drivers of our success is our culture. We fundamentally believe that we need a growth mindset culture. This starts with the belief that everyone can grow and develop; potential is nurtured, not predetermined; and anyone can change their mindset.
Learn more about our mission and culture
Respecting human rightsOur Global Human Rights Statement, and participation as a signatory to the UN Global Compact, demonstrate our commitment to respecting the following human rights covenants and declarations:
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
International Labor Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work*
Total rewardsWe develop dynamic, sustainable, and strategic programs that generate trust in our employees and enable them to do their best work. These programs reinforce our culture and values. The result is a global performance and development approach that fosters our growth mindset culture, competitive compensation that proactively ensures equitable pay by role, and distinctive benefits that delight our employees
Learn more about our benefits
Diversity and inclusionAt Microsoft, Global Diversity & Inclusion is more than a program, it is a core aspect of our evolving culture that helps us fulfill our mission. We seek out different perspectives that represent various aspects of the world around us and each employee is accountable to actively learn and engage each other’s strengths, experiences, and viewpoints to inform, challenge, and stretch our thinking. As a result, we create richer work experiences, stronger ideas, more impactful products, and better customer experiences.
Training and development
- Personalized, integrated, and relevant views of all learning opportunities on Microsoft Learning and LinkedIn Learning.
- In-the-classroom learning and sharing with learner boards.
- On-the-job “stretch” opportunities for advancement.
- Frequent promotion opportunities.
- Coaching on career development through ongoing manager connections.
- Customized manager training to enhance coaching and mentoring skills.
- New employee orientation covering a range of topics including company values, culture, and Standards of Business Conduct.
Wellness and safety
- Professionals assess the safety risks of work activities and engage with workers and management to implement safe work practices, hazard controls, and training to minimize safety risks.
- New and existing workspaces are periodically assessed to ensure they are constructed with sound design-for-safety principles and that controls are implemented effectively.
- Microsoft involves employees and managers in Health and Safety Committees specific to our datacenters, retail operations, and office locations where required.
In 2018, we deepened our commitment to diversity and inclusion, offered our employees valuable training, and found better ways to support both them and their loved ones.
Employee feedback counts
Ethical business decision makingLearn about the standardsAll Microsoft employees must complete annual Standards of Business Conduct training. The training course is available in 16 languages and in FY18 we achieved a course completion rate greater than 99 percent.
Committed to diversity and inclusionLearn more about our approachTo engage the diverse and dynamic emerging workforce—we build excitement for STEM, seek out non-traditional talent sources, commit to inclusive behaviors, and inspire our people to enhance their awareness, curiosity, and courage.
Global family leaveReview the announcement
PerspectivesLearn more about Perspectives
Global health and safetyLearn about our commitment
FY18 reporting resources
Get the bigger picture
We offer many key resources to help visitors gain a more comprehensive understanding of our commitment to empowering our employees.