As companies around the globe are struggling to make decisions about operating in a post-pandemic world, Twitter has announced that its employees will be allowed to work perpetually from their homes. This will hold out long after the end of the pandemic.
Previously, Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, told Buzzfeed News the company should stick to work-from-home through September. However, on Tuesday, a Twitter spokesperson told the media:
Opening offices will be our decision. When and if our employees come back, will be theirs. 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.
As for 2021, the company will assess its plans later this year. The spokesperson explained:
The past few months have proven we can make that work. So, if our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen. If not, our offices will be their warm and welcoming selves, with some additional precautions, when we feel it’s safe to return.
Many tech giants such as Facebook, Google, and Microsoft are currently debating whether or not it will be the best decision to open their offices. Google has already announced that a vast majority of them will be working from home until 2021, although some essential staff will return to work early summer.
Similarly, after July 4th, Facebook will reopen for important workers but will encourage others to operate from home until next year.