The decision reflects how some measures put in place to deal with the pandemic can lead to a new normal for corporate America, even after the immediate health crisis.
“If our employees have a role and a situation that allows them to work from home and want to continue doing it forever, we will make it happen,” said Twitter vice president Jennifer Christie in a statement to CNN Business. “Otherwise, our offices will be their warm and welcoming self, with some additional precautions, when we believe it is safe to return.”
The company does not plan to open most of its offices or to support business travel before September. It also canceled all of its internal company events until 2020 and could extend it to 2021, the note said.
The Twitter announcement comes when a growing number of Silicon Valley companies, once known for the rich benefits of the office and sprawling campuses, now seem to be competing against each other to offer the longest calendar for telecommuting while the health crisis continues.
As Twitter switched to semi-permanent teleworking, it also slowed down hiring. Twitter had plans to increase its workforce by 20% this year, according to financial documents. But because of the pandemic, he paused that plan in an attempt to control his “total expenditure growth”, taking over only in critical areas including engineering and product, as well as his division of trust and security.
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