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Twitter says it will let its employees work from home “forever” if they want to. The decision comes after the company said its work-from-home measures during the lockdown have been a success. “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,” Twitter said in a blog post. “The past few months have proven that 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.” Twitter has “strongly encouraged” working from home since 2 March and mandated employees work from home on 11 March. Those who want to return to the office will probably need to wait until at least September. “When we do decide to open office, it also won’t be a snap back to the way it was before,” the statement said. “It will be careful, intentional and gradual.”

Twitter has suspended almost all employee business travel and all of its in-person events until 2021. It’s also giving employees increased allowances to buy home office supplies, such as desks and desk chairs. Other companies across the tech industry are also weighing up how to manage their offices over the coming months. Google and Facebook have extended their work-from-home policies into 2021 and Amazon has extended its policy until at least October.

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