Some Twitter employees will never return to their offices. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, sent an email to his employees this past Tuesday assuring them that if they so desired they would be allowed to work from home permanently.
Even after the blockade caused by the coronavirus pandemic passes, Twitter workers will have the option to stay home permanently to telework. However, this will not be possible for jobs that require physical presence, such as server maintenance.
Twitter already encouraged its workers to telework in early March, when the coronavirus began to strike the United States. Other technology giants, such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google, followed. Unlike the latter firm, which has been allowing its employees vacation days, Twitter has chosen to give its employees the option of adopting this working model on a permanent basis.
But why? Twitter’s director of human resources, Jennifer Christie, has already said that the company “would never be the same” in terms of work structure.
“People who were reluctant to work remotely will find that they really do prosper in this way. Managers who didn’t think they could handle teams that were remote will have a different perspective. I don’t think we’ll be coming back.”
The main reason for this decision is that Twitter is unlikely to open its offices before September, and he warned that business trips would be cancelled until then, with very few exceptions.
In addition, the face-to-face events that were scheduled for the year have been cancelled and they will re-evaluate their plans for 2021. To offset the costs of adjusting to a teleworking environment, Twitter also increased the allocation for home-based work supplies to about $1,000 for all employees.
This measure responds to a trend that will mark the working environment of the year 2020: teleworking. This has taken on an unexpected (and forced) presence due to the coronavirus pandemic, and presumably many companies will adopt it permanently even if the pandemic subsides over time. Therefore, Twitter seems to be adapting to what will be a working reality in a very short time.