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Twitter Staff Can Work From Home Permanently Even After COVID-19 Ends

Twitter staff can work from home permanently even after COVID-19 ends

Twitter staff, including Australians, will be allowed to work-from-home permanently, even after the coronavirus crisis ends.

The company announced the new policy this week and also confirmed its offices won’t open until September.

Twitter staff can work from anywhere

Twitter boss Jack Dorsey emailed staff confirming the new work-from-home policy.

As a result, all staff will have the option to work-from-home, except those whose physical presence is required in the workplace.

A Twitter spokeswoman confirmed the new arrangement applies to “all team members” including Australian staff:

“Twitter was one of the first companies to go to a work from home model in the face of COVID-19, but we don’t anticipate being one of the first to return to offices.

“We were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow folks to work from home given our emphasis on decentralisation and supporting a distributed workforce capable of working from anywhere.

“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.

“If not, our offices will be their warm and welcoming selves, with some additional precautions, when we feel it’s safe to return.”

Offices closed until September

The spokeswoman said “with very few exceptions”, offices won’t open before September.

In addition, there is no business travel before September and no in-person company events for the rest of the year.

“When we do decide to open offices, it also won’t be a snap back to the way it was before,” the spokeswoman said.

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

Other tech firms considering work-from-home policies

Meanwhile, other major tech giants have also extended their working-from-home policies.

For example, Google and Facebook are allowing staff to work-from-home for the rest of the year.

Additionally, Amazon and Microsoft have extended work-from-home arrangements until the end of October.

Australian employees workers set to return to workplaces 

Meanwhile, Australian workers will begin returning to their workplaces as a result of easing coronavirus restrictions.

However, to avoid social distancing dramas on crowded public transport, employers are encouraged to stagger start and finish times.

Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said:

“I think we have to think about a very different way of people … starting at work, some starting at seven o’clock, some starting at 10 o’clock and people finishing at different times.”

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