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Ordinary Or Extraordinary?


Release your potential and create new possibilities

When it comes to technology, the pace of change is undeniable and unstoppable. At the same time, it’s also exhilarating and empowering. In fact, it’s changing the world of work at the speed of light. Technology is the key that unlocks the door to infinite new ways of thinking, working and living. And no company understands this better than Microsoft.

Our whole organisation is built on questioning what is possible – then doing the remarkable.

This means we need to hire extraordinary people. We know extraordinary people don’t always work in ordinary ways, so we give them the flexibility they need to release their potential.

When some firms talk about working ‘flexibly’, what they often mean is that they would prefer you to fit in with a series of pre-determined options. The problem with this approach is that when you try to fit people into boxes, you seldom get out-of-the-box thinking.

What works for you can work for us, too
This statement epitomises our approach to work. In practice, it means that managers and employees get together to craft approaches to work – based on the circumstances of each individual and their particular role. It’s all about finding new ways of working that

Work is something we DO, not a place that we GO
At Microsoft, you can not only define and customise ways of working that break new ground, but be part of a company that has made it our business to do just that – on the global scale.

The many ‘working models’ created reflect the diversity of our people and the exciting work they do.

Diversity in practice, not just theory
At Microsoft we believe that people are important. All people. Everyone.

When you combine all kinds of minds from all types of backgrounds, you create unlimited potential.

We know this from experience: a mix of people with different approaches and attitudes gives us the greatest impact.

Part of this is about building a business that is made up of people of different ages, genders and nationalities. But it is also about a belief that a mix of ideas and thinking styles will deliver the best (and most exciting) outcomes.

Our Executive Leadership team in Australia is a case in point: 40 per cent are women; seven different nationalities are represented; and ages range from 35 to 50.

Don’t take our word for it
What do our people say (in our annual People Survey) when we ask them how it feels to work at Microsoft?

Ninety-three per cent feel proud of where they work; 92 per cent say the people in their work group treat each other with respect; and 90 per cent would recommend Microsoft as great place to work.

“Every day I face new and different challenges. Every day I learn something new from an avenue I didn't expect. Every day I report to an open and respectful manager who encourages and motivates me to achieve.”
Microsoft Employee (Anonymous), source: Hewitt Best Employer Survey, 2007

It’s all about trust
As an organisation, we focus on output and achievements, not just input and effort.

As a Microsoft employee, you’re trusted to do the best thing for your team, your clients and the business. You have the choice to define what works for you – because that can work for us too.

Freedom to express yourself
Because our ideas, products and services touch the lives of so many people around the world, we place a very high value on freedom of expression. That’s why we cultivate a working environment designed to inspire and surprise in equal measure.

For the chance to release your full potential, take the first step in bringing a truly flexible work experience to life.

Start a conversation with Microsoft TODAY.

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