After being forced to test out work from home because of travel restrictions and lockdowns by governments all across the world to prevent the spread of the novwl coronavirus pandemic, the social media company Twitter has now directed its staff that anyone who wishes to and are able to work from home could do so “forever” as the company anticipates a tough future after the current spate of the novel coronavirus pandemic gets over.
The social media giant said that the measures that it had taken to facilitate workers to work from home during the lockdown period had been a success which has prompted it to announce this latest decision.
The company however also said that workers could also choose to return back to office when they reopen again.
A similar decision was announced by Google and Facebook earlier this month with both the companies stating that their employees could choose to work from home till the end of the current year at least.
“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 said.
One digital innovation expert described the latest move by Twitter as “an era-defining moment”.
The company “will be their warm and welcoming selves, with some additional precautions” for all those employees who are keen to return to Twitter’s office, Twitter’s blog further said.
More than 4,000 people are employed by the company all across the world. Since March, the San Francisco based company had asked its employees to work from home and it now does not expect to reopen its global offices before September.
It was “era-defining news”, said Sree Sreenivasan, a Loeb Visiting Professor of Digital Innovation at the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. “Some people may not take this seriously as its Twitter but we can learn a lot from Silicon Valley about workplace flexibility. There has been a mentality that working from home was stealing from the boss and facetime in the office was more important,” Sreenivasan said.
“But people are proving they can be far more productive and get tasks done working from home. A lot of people tell me they are working harder at home and are exhausted,” he added.
With many of the countries now preparing to relax some of the strict social distancing measures including stay at home orders, companies too are trying out ways to safely reopen their offices in a gradual manner with the introduction of of new social distancing measures.
(Adapted from BBC.com)