One positive side-effect of the pandemic is that many workers are finally having a chance to recognize some of the benefits of working from home. Whether you find you are more productive in PJ’s or simply prefer to set your own hours, companies are also beginning to see the upside of having home-based employees. Twitter recently announced that even in a post-Corona world, they are considering allowing a number of workers to continue working from home forever.
USA Today reports about the announcement that came from Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey that signals a more long-term work-from-home model that the company plans to employ for some of their workforce. From what Dorsey says, Twitter was able to use the pandemic as testing-ground for what working from home really looks like for a company of their scale.
Dorsey explains, “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.” He adds, “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.”
Dorsey also points out that for the workers who find it difficult to work from home, he will welcome them back to the offices when it is safe to do so. And as it looks today, Twitter does not plan on any offices reopening until at least September. Dorsey says, “Opening offices will be our decision, when and if our employees come back, will be theirs.”
What do you think of Twitter’s CEO announcing that many of their employees will be able to choose if they want to continue working from home after pandemic safety protocols are lifted?
Are you working from home? Do you find that you are more productive at home or in the office?
It seems to me that it is a sensible decision, humane but above all correct because the only way to avoid contagion is in quarantine, working from home.
I think it's great when any company is willing to let employees work from home. I however, don't like it. I am working from home, doesn't work for me; can't concentrate.