Twitter Employees to Never Return to Office. Are You Ready to Say Bye Bye to Your Office Desk?

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Twitter Employees to Never Return to Office. Are You Ready to Say Bye Bye to Your Office Desk?

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

The Covid-19 pandemic has single-handedly managed to turn over every aspect of our lives, unexpectedly. And as the world gears up to reopen, with each passing day, we are being introduced to a “new normal”.

On Tuesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in an email to his employees stated that they can continue to work from home, even after the lockdowns are lifted. This, he said, would be a permanent change.

The San Francisco-based company moved to the telework space in March as coronavirus cases in the US continued to spike, encouraging its employees early on to start working from home. Citing the company’s “emphasis on decentralisation” and a system that supports a distributed workforce, Twitter, which has over 35 offices worldwide, adapted to the work-from-home model fairly quickly. The company is wholly prepared to back its decision, as it has also provided employees with an increased allowance in order to buy home-office supplies, a definite perk to the permanent WFH move, The Guardian reported.

However, employees whose jobs demand physical presence will be required to come in once lockdown restrictions are eased. For employees not too keen on working remotely post-lockdown, a Twitter spokesperson told Buzzfeed News, “[our] offices will be their warm and welcoming selves, with some additional precautions, when we feel it’s safe to return.” At present, the social media giant has also suspended all business travels until September, with a few exceptions, and cancelled all in-person events until 2021.

Tech giants like Google and Facebook too have extended their work from home policies, asking their employees to work remotely until the end of the year.

In India, its largest IT service firm Tata Consultancy has decided to adapt to this new change in work culture. By 2025, TCS will ask 75 per cent of its 4.48 lakh employees globally to work from home. The new model called 25/25 will require far less office space than occupied today.

But the transition might not be so smooth and people have raised some pertinent questions. If this is the new mode of work, what is the future of work space and employment to be like from hereon?

Are companies well-equipped to be able to set and sustain the culture of a distributed workforce as the new norm?

While it might encourage productivity, work from home has its shortcomings. Beyond “work and personal space conflict”, the lack of flexible working hours is a downside.

There’s an obvious divide on the perception of the WFH lifestyle. Some hint at the added burn out and isolation it further creates.

But for some it has grown into a rather welcoming change.

So what will work from home look like in India? India Twitter might have some insights.

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