Twitter employees received email Tuesday from their CEO Jack Dorsey stating that they would be allowed to work from home indefinitely, even after Coronavirus-induced shutdowns end.
Dorsey also said Twitter offices will remain closed until September 2020 at the earliest, BuzzFeed News first reported. Twitter told employees to start working from home in March, but the offer doesn’t extend to employees whose jobs mandate that they return to the office, such as server maintenance employees.
A Twitter representative told Business Insider that the decision meshed with the company’s broader mission to support employees working from anywhere, adding that “the past few months have proven we can make that work.”
“Opening offices will be our decision, when and if our employees come back, will be theirs,” the representative told Business Insider. “When we do decide to open offices, it also won’t be a snap back to the way it was before. It will be careful, intentional, office by office and gradual.”
The new policy also means that most open roles at Twitter will be remote-optional going forward, Dorsey said.
There are a small number of roles, like our data center folks, that require on site, but otherwise yes! All will be updated distributed.
— jack (@jack) May 12, 2020
Twitter will continue to suspend business travel and won’t hold any in-person events for the rest of 2020, the representative said. The company will assess 2021 events later this year.
Other major tech companies have announced lenient work-from-home plans, but few go as far as Twitter’s. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon have all told employees that they can keep working from home through the fall, even if their offices reopen sooner.