Twitter Makes Working From Home a Permanent Option for Some Employees

Andrew Cummings
July 4, 2020

"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", the social media giant stated.

"We've been very thoughtful in how we've approached this from the time we were one of the first companies to move to a work-from-home model", Twitter said in a statement.

It has told all employees that are able to work from home to do so for as long as they wish - noting that those who want to come back will be able to when the outbreak recedes.

"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 not, our offices will be their warm and welcoming selves, with some additional precautions, when we feel it's safe to return", wrote Twitter's Jennifer Christie.

The company has no plans for business travel before September, and no in-person company events are scheduled for the rest of 2020. "That will remain our top priority as we work through the unknowns of the coming months", it said. They announced the move after their current work-from-home measures proved to be a success.

That much was made clear Tuesday morning when Dorsey began what he thought was a company-only livestream on Twitter-owned Periscope to discuss "consumer work" and "updates to the board". She also revealed that the opening would be gradual and carried out carefully. We will assess 2021 events later this year.

The news comes following word from Google and Facebook that they are likely to continue telework through the end of the year for most employees. However, Twitter has started looking at the challenges facing the new normal, it remains to be seen how this passes too.

Dorsey also added that only employees in which have no replacement for their physical presence, such as those maintaining their servers, are required to to be present at their offices.

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