Twitter employees can work from home 'forever' if they want, CEO says

Andrew Cummings
August 3, 2020

With very few exceptions, Twitter's offices won't open before September, the company said.

"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.

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.

Twitter encouraged its employees to begin working from home in early March, as the coronavirus began to spread across the US.

Otherwise, employees would also have the option of returning to work in the company's offices with additional precautions when it was deemed safe to return to them, it said.

"The past few months have proven we can make that work", the statement continues.

Also on the call, Dorsey noted that Twitter was on the leading edge of "transiting folks to work from home". "It will be careful, intentional, office by office and gradual", the statement reads. "People who were reticent to work remotely will find that they really thrive that way", Christie said.

The decision reflects how some measures implemented to deal with the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a new normal for corporate America, even after the immediate health crisis. Other major tech firms, including Facebook and Google, have extended their work from home policies through the end of the year.

Dorsey's email to employees about the new policy also stated that it was unlikely for their offices to reopen before September, with business travel also suspended until then. And I'll need to pace the sales over some time. While remote work can't fully replicate a face-to-face environment, it's a strategy that is extremely viable for many tech companies. The company would continue the approach keeping the safety of their employees and communities first, he added.

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