Twitter to allow permanent WFH for some employees

Twitter to allow permanent WFH for some employees
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13 May, 2020

San Francisco headquartered social networking company Twitter has announced that some of its employees can work from home permanently provided their work does not require an office, according to Twitter’s official blog.

“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,” Jennifer Christie, Twitter’s human resources head, wrote in a blog. 

The company has not mentioned how many employees will benefit from the changes in the work from home policy. 

Earlier this month, Mountain View based search engine giant Google and Menlo Park social media company Facebook also announced that they would extend the work from home until 2020 end, to avoid the spread of Covid-19, according to media reports.

The state of California has so far reported 69,382 cases, of which 2,847 have died. San Francisco, where Twitter is located, has seen some 1954 cases.

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Twitter has also suspended business travel before September, with very few exceptions, and no in-person company events for the rest of 2020. 

“Opening offices will be our decision, when and if our employees come back, will be theirs,” Christie said added.

Additionally, Twitter will assess 2021 events later this year.

In India, the microblogging platform has offices in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. The company did not respond to queries from TechCircle regarding its work from home policy for its Indian workforce until the time of publishing this article.

Companies across the world have moved work home to ensure business continuity amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Last month,  the department of telecommunications extended the government permission for information technology (IT) companies in India to enable their employees to work from home from the earlier April 30 deadline to July 31. 

Also, the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) has asked member organisations to restart operations from offices in a phased manner. 

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