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Twitter tells staff they can work at home forever

Social media giant Twitter has told staff they can continue to work from home once the coronavirus pandemic is over.

And one Gloucestershire communications expert says there is no reason why many firms cannot follow suit.

Facebook and Google earlier this month told staff they can remain at home until the end of the year, but now Twitter has extended that for its 4,000 employees worldwide.

A statement on Twitter's blog said: "The past 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."

It continued: "Twitter was one of the first companies to go to a work-from-home model.

"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.

"When we do decide to open offices, it also won't be a snap back to the way it was before. It will be careful, intentional, office by office and gradual."

Simon Gardner, sales manager at Lister Communications  in Stonehouse, believes many companies will learn from their lockdown experience and follow Twitter's lead.

He said: "I think a lot of people are going to be changing the way they work.

"A lot of people will not going back into the office and there's no technical reason why you cannot work just as well from home.

"You can set up a base, not have an office and be anywhere in the world and people will not notice the difference. You don't need an office."

Read more about how Lister Communications can help change the way you work on Punchline tomorrow.

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