"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."
Microblogging and social networking service Twitter said it is unlikely to open its offices before September and many of its 3,920 employees will be permitted to work from home “forever”, even at the end of the coronavirus pandemic-inspired lockdowns.
Twitter, which is based in San Francisco and has more than 25 offices worldwide, said on the Twitter blog it was among the first to move to mandatory work from home in March as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
“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. 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,” wrote Twitter’s Jennifer Christie.
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Christie said Twitter, whose CEO is Jack Dorsey, was thinking about the next few months.
“Opening offices will be our decision, when and if our employees come back, will be theirs. With very few exceptions, offices won’t open before September. When we do decide to open offices, it also won’t be a snap back to the way it was before. It will be careful, intentional, office by office and gradual,” she wrote.
“There will also be no business travel before September, with very few exceptions, and no in-person company events for the rest of 2020. We will assess 2021 events later this year.”
Twitter’s statement follows Google and Facebook stating that they are likely to continue working from home through to the end of the year for most employees.