Twitter Will Allow Some Employees to Work From Home Forever

Andrew Cummings
July 7, 2020

We were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow folks to work from home given our emphasis on decentralization and supporting a distributed workforce capable of working from anywhere.

While many companies are thinking to make it a new model, Twitter has allowed its employees to work from home permanently.

If employees do want to return to the office, they can do so when the time comes with some additional precautions. The last few months have been an unexpected test of that system, and Twitter says it has shown that it works.

Chief executive officer Jack Dorsey had earlier planned to move to Africa for three to six months in mid-2020, while leading San Francisco-based Twitter remotely.

"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". Only people with jobs that require a physical presence, such as server maintenance, will need to come in.

The company said if employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue doing so "forever", then "we will make that happen". "It will be careful, intentional, office by office and gradual", it added.

Twitter asked its entire workforce of 5,000 employees to start working from home at the beginning of March.

"Opening offices will be our decision", a company spokesperson told NBC News.

Jack Dorsey is also giving $1000 allowance to all of its employees to purchase any necessary devices, tools, and even desks which would aid them to easily work from home.

But perhaps the move taken on by the majority of tech companies in the age of the coronavirus signals a change in the way we define "work" and further blurs the line between "home" and "office". Any business travels or in-person events are also canceled for the rest of the year.

With very few exceptions, offices won't open before September. However, Twitter seems in no hurry to reopen its offices.

Google and Facebook extended their work-from-home policies into 2021.

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