Twitter to let some employees to work from home indefinitely

Daniel Fowler
July 4, 2020

Microblogging and social networking service Twitter said it is unlikely to open its offices before September and many of its 3,920 employees will be permitted to work from home "forever", even at the end of the coronavirus pandemic-inspired lockdowns.

But on May 12, just two months after Twitter employees moved their work setups home, CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed in an email to employees that everyone (yes, all 4,900 Twitter employees worldwide) would be allowed to work from home forever.

"I don't fear any slowness as we work to distribute our workforce now, and I do think we have to build a company that's not entirely dependent on San Francisco", Dorsey said during the call.

"If our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen".

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"Twitter was one of the first companies to go to a work from home model in the face of COVID-19, but we don't anticipate being one of the first to return to offices".

Business travel will remain suspended until September, with a few exceptions, and all in-person events have been canceled for the rest of the year. It shut down its offices back in March because of the pandemic and these few months have proven that this model can work. In the email, he announced that the employees are welcome to work from home permanently. "It will be careful, intentional, office by office and gradual".

In case there was any doubt as to what had transpired, Dorsey hopped on a platform he does understand - Twitter - to clear things up. However, Twitter has started looking at the challenges facing the new normal, it remains to be seen how this passes too. It is also giving employees increased allowances to buy home office supplies including desks and desk chairs. Facebook and Google recently extended their work-from-home policy until next year, with the former company giving employees an £807 ($1000) dollar bonus to aid their transition to remote working.

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