Twitter has become the first major tech company to allow employees who can work remotely to do so indefinitely, as the coronavirus outbreak forces unprecedented changes in work culture across the world.
- Twitter to enable some employees to work from home permanently
- Both Facebook and Google have allowed most employees to work remotely until the end of the year
The pandemic, which has infected more than 4.2 million people globally so far, has led to strict lockdowns in most countries and changed the way businesses function, with work-from-home emerging as the new norm.
The social media giant said it will not re-open most offices before September and employees can choose whether or not to come to the facilities. BuzzFeed first reported Twitter’s move.
Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey had earlier planned to move to Africa for three to six months in mid-2020, while leading San Francisco-based Twitter remotely. Mr Dorsey later said he was reconsidering the idea due to the health crisis.
Twitter said it will not have business travels before September, with very few exceptions, and no in-person company events for the rest of the year.
The company, which is under pressure to combat misinformation on its platform related to the pandemic, did not disclose the exact number of employees who will be presented with the option to work from home indefinitely.
Last week, Google said it has asked employees to take a day off on the 22nd of May, to address work-from-home related burnout during the pandemic.
Via our content partners at Reuters. Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru. Editing by Ramakrishnan M.