Twitter employees can work from home forever

Twitter will allow employees to work from home “forever”, its CEO Jack Dorsey announced in a company-wide email on Tuesday. The company, based in San Francisco and with sites in Dublin and London, employs about 5,000 people and said it was among the first to start a work-from-home model due to Covid-19, but does not anticipate being one of the first to return to its offices.

“We were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow folks to work from home given our emphasis on decentralisation and supporting a distributed workforce capable of working from anywhere,” the company said in a blogpost. “The past few months have proven we can make that work. So 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,” it added.

Twitter has encouraged working from home since 2 March and its employees started to work from home from 11 March. Now the company says that  employees who prefer to work remotely can do so indefinitely. Those who want to return to the office will probably need to wait until at least September. “When we do decide to open offices, it also won’t be a snap back to the way it was before,” the company said. “It will be careful, intentional, office by office and gradual.”

Twitter has suspended almost all employee business travel and all of its in-person events until 2021. It is also giving employees increased allowances to buy home office supplies including desks and desk chairs.

Many companies across the tech industry are considering how to manage their offices in the coming months. Google and Facebook extended their work-from-home policies into 2021. Amazon extended its work-from-home policy until at least early October.


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