Twitter tells staff work from home "forever"

Marco Green
July 7, 2020

The last few months have been an unexpected test of that system, and Twitter says it has shown that it works.

Twitter employees were told that they can continue working from home after the coronavirus pandemic has passed.

Twitter's Head of HR Jennifer Christie stated on Tuesday, "Opening offices will be our decision, when and if our employees come back, will be theirs".

The move means Twitter has become the first major tech company to allow employees who can work remotely to do so indefinitely, as the coronavirus outbreak forces unprecedented changes in work culture across the world.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey broke the news to employees in an email.

The Covid-19 pandemic has proven that not all employees are truly needed in the office to get their work done and as we continue to embrace the new normal, we hope to see more companies embrace the "work from home" culture as it also enables employees to cut down on costs of transport and allows them to also spend more time with their family members and loved ones.

"This donation will support food security, housing access, and small business and worker support programs for undocumented, mixed status, and low-income San Franciscans", she wrote in a tweet thanking Dorsey for the contribution. All in-person events are canceled for the rest of the year, and it will revisit whether to have any 2021 events later this year. It is also giving employees increased allowances to buy home office supplies including desks and desk chairs.

According to media reports, several other tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, and Amazon, have adopted the work from home model. As March and April wore on, many states implemented stay-at-home orders that shuttered all non-essential businesses, effectively forcing anyone who could work from home to do so.

Be Smart: Dorsey had announced the company's intent to work in a "distributed" way before the virus, but the pandemic forced the company to move the timeline up.

"Why pull just from Square and not Twitter? A lot of people tell me they are working harder at home and are exhausted".

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