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Twitter allows employees to work from home ‘forever’, even after Covid-19 crisis

In a blog post Tuesday, Twitter announced that its work from home measures were a success and if employees wanted they could continue with the model permanently.

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New Delhi: Twitter announced Tuesday that it will allow employees to work from home indefinitely, even after the coronavirus pandemic, if they wished to do so.

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. 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.”

Twitter emphasised that they were in a unique position to allow employees to work from home and support a workforce that was capable of working remotely. However, it also underlined that if some employees wished to return to offices, they were welcome to do so.

“Our offices will be their warm and welcoming selves, with some additional precautions, when we feel it’s safe to return,” the statement added.

Also read: US states moving to reopen divide rural and urban areas across the country

Offices will not open before September

Twitter was one of the first companies to adopt a work from home model due to the pandemic, in early March.

The microblogging site also stated that it was unlikely that any of its offices will open before September and even when they do open “they won’t be a snap back to the way it was before”.

“It will be careful, intentional, office by office and gradual,” read the statement.

Twitter cancelled all business travel till September and all in-person company events for the rest of 2020 also remain suspended.

Additionally, according to BuzzFeed news, the company upped its allowance for work from home supplies to $1,000 for all employees.

Twitter’s statement comes after Google and Facebook said that their staff can work from home till the end of the year, earlier this month.

The coronavirus pandemic has spread to over 210 countries and territories across the world, infecting more than 4.3 million people and with over 2.9 lakh deaths.

Also read: President Bolsonaro in a political fix as Brazil turns into hotspot for Covid pandemic

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