Twitter Says Employees Who Can Work From Home May Do So 'Forever'

Not even Jack Dorsey can figure out how to use Periscope

In a blog post titled 'Keeping our employees and partners safe during #coronavirus', the microblogging site called its work from home measures a success and noted, "The past few months have proven we can make that work".

Twitter was one of the first big tech businesses to allow staff to work remotely as the coronavirus pandemic hit Europe and the USA, advising its 5,000 employees around the world to work from home at the beginning of March.

So, even after the lockdown ends, it would be up to the employees where they want to go back into the office or work from home. He said that Twitter is unlikely to open its offices before September and longer if it takes more time.

Another bright spot this week for Twitter employees: Dorsey raised their WFH stipend to US$1,000. Other major tech firms, including Facebook and Google, have extended their work from home policies through the end of the year. Twitter was one of the first tech companies to make it mandatory for its almost 5,000 employees to work from home. The last few months have been an unexpected test of that system, and Twitter says it has shown that it works.

Employees can choose whether or not to come to the offices or if they wish to work remotely instead. It also provided reimbursement for all employees toward set-up expenses for home offices. "It will be careful, intentional, office by office and gradual", the spokesperson said. It has also cancelled in-person company events for the rest of 2020 and will assess 2021 events later this year.

Many of us are understandably anxious about commuting to the office when lockdown finally lifts. Well, in the case of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, it turns out that your expectations would be more than just a little off.