The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has forced several nations to impose a lockdown. In this situation, several companies have asked their employees to work from home.
Now, a few organizations are so impressed by the concept of remote working that they are planning to adopt permanently.
Recently, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that his employees can opt for work from home for as long as they want.
As per a Buzzfeed News report, Dorsey sent out an email to Twitter’s employees noting that they will be allowed to work from home permanently. This means the employees can continue working remotely even after the pandemic is over.
This announcement makes Twitter the first tech company to make the concept of work from home permanent for employees. In his email, Dorsey noted that the Twitter employees will be “allowed to work from home permanently, even after the coronavirus pandemic lockdown passes’.
Dorsey clarified that the employees will have to come to the office for jobs for which “physical presence” is required.
While speaking to Buzzfeed, a spokesperson for Twitter said “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. We’ll continue to be, and we’ll continue to put the safety of our people and communities first.”
It is to be noted that Twitter was one of the first tech companies that announced work from home for employees earlier this year.
In its statement to TechCrunch, Twitter said: “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 email response also stated “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,”
Recently, Chief HR Officer Jennifer Christie explained that it will be in the hands of the company to reopen the offices but it will be up to the employees to decide whether they want to come to the office or not. She also noted offices will not be opening before September, with very few exceptions. She added, “there will also be no business travel before September, with very few exceptions, and no in-person company events for the rest of 2020.”
Besides Twitter, other companies like Facebook and Google have also extended their WFH policies until the end of 2020.