Work from home is Twitter’s new normal forever

Marco Green
August 3, 2020

"On May 4th we confirmed that when restrictions lift, working from home will remain optional through October unless employees are in an essential role or local authorities mandate otherwise", said Microsoft in a statement shared with GeekWire.

"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", a Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

If not, our offices will be their warm and welcoming selves, with some additional precautions, when it's safe to return'. And, as mentioned before, even when Twitter's offices do finally reopen, employees can choose to not go back. Any business travels or in-person events are also canceled for the rest of the year.

Twitter's announcement comes as a growing number of Silicon Valley companies, once known for lavish office perks and sprawling campuses, now appear to be competing against one another to offer the longest timeline for telecommuting as the health crisis continues.

Jennifer Christie, Twitter's human resources head, said the company would "never probably be the same" as far as the structure of its work.

Chief executive Jack Dorsey said the company's 5,100 workforce, including 200 in London, does not have to return to the office after the pandemic has passed. Other tech companies made a decision to take the same route, such as Microsoft, Google, and Amazon. 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. In the email, he announced that the employees are welcome to work from home permanently.

Dorsey has made other major moves in the fight against coronavirus.

"Why pull just from Square and not Twitter?".

I hope more companies do this.

He continued with: "Some people may not take this seriously as its Twitter but we can learn a lot from Silicon Valley about workplace flexibility".

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