The coronavirus pandemic has an unexpected side effect. Companies are allowing people to work from home, and this new way of collaborating is actually working.
It’s been so successful that some companies like Twitter are allowing employees to work from home, even after the coronavirus pandemic ends.
According to BuzzFeed news, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told his employees in an email that they can continue to work at home forever if they prefer this way of working.
Dorsey and a spokesperson who spoke to NBC News noted that the company plans to start opening its offices in September, but coming into the office will be voluntary, not mandatory.
“Opening offices will be our decision. When and if our employees come back, will be theirs.”Twitter spokesperson
Twitter confirmed that it would welcome workers back to their offices with additional precautions in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Though offices may open with social distancing and similar policies in place, all in-person events have been canceled for the remainder of 2020. The company will re-assess its events policy in 2021 and make any necessary changes. The work-from-home policy, though, will remain in effect indefinitely.
Like most tech companies, Twitter can allow people to work from home because most, if not all, of their operations can be transferred online. Workers can log in remotely, and meetings can be held using Zoom or a similar video conferencing solution.
Twitter may be making headlines, but it isn’t the only company that successfully moved to a remote workforce. Google and Facebook also are allowing workers to stay at home until 2021 if they prefer.
Apple, earlier this year, closed its corporate offices and asked its employees to work from home if possible. Despite the challenges of a remote workforce, the Cupertino company hasn’t missed a beat. It still is releasing new products like its iPad Pro and 13-inch MacBook Pro.