Twitter announced Tuesday it will allow some employees to work remotely permanently, as the coronavirus outbreak forces companies to make unprecedented changes in offices across the globe.
The social media platform company said Tuesday it is the first major tech firm to allow staffers to work from home permanently, even after coronavirus lockdowns end.
CEO Jack Dorsey emailed employees Tuesday saying when offices do finally open their doors, staffers in positions that allow them to work remotely can continue to do so.
‘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,’ a Twitter spokesman said.
Other tech giants such as Facebook and Google have allowed most employees to work remotely through the end of the year, while Amazon’s corporate workers will be able to work from home until at least October.
All in-person events at Twitter have been cancelled for the remainder of the year.
‘Opening offices will be our decision. When and if our employees come back, will be theirs,’ a spokesperson for the company said.
Twitter was one of the first in the tech business to urge employees to work remotely when the coronavirus first emerged in the US in mid-March.
Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees that while they will be able to work remotely for the remainder of 2020, offices will reopen on July 6.
Google made a similar announcement, saying it will extend remote working from June 1 to December 31.
Sundar Pichai, the firm’s CEO, added that some employees will be able to work from its offices in June or July, with safety measures in place.
Seattle-based Microsoft has also extended its work-from-home policy until the end of October and has offered 12 weeks of paid emergency leave to its more than 150,000 employees.
However, while fellow Seattle firm Amazon has allowed corporate employees to work until at least October, its warehouse employees will still need to come to work.
This is despite the fact there have been coronavirus cases at dozens of the company’s warehouses in the US.
Apple is one of the few big tech names which has yet to clarify its policies regarding office opening.
The firm recently told CNET that it has put in place procedures to help employees who are working from home whilst looking after children.
No deadline is too important, and no priority is more urgent, than caring for our loved ones. Our goal is to be flexible, collaborative and accommodating of every parent and caregiver on our teams,’ an Apple spokeswoman said.
Back in March, Twitter human resources boss Jennifer Christie said that the company would ‘never probably be the same’ in its work culture post-pandemic.
‘People who were reticent to work remotely will find that they really thrive that way. Managers who didn’t think they could manage teams that were remote will have a different perspective. I do think we won’t go back,’ she said.
The COVID-19 pandemic has infected over 1.3million in the US and killed over 81,000.
Other tech giants such as Facebook and Google have allowed most employees to work remotely through the end of the year.