The decision reflects how some measures implemented to deal with the pandemic could lead to a new normal for corporate America, even after the immediate health crisis.
“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,” said Twitter’s vice president of people, Jennifer Christie, in a statement to CNN Business. “If not, our offices will be their warm and welcoming selves, with some additional precautions, when we feel it’s safe to return.”
The company does not expect to open most of its offices, or support business travel, before September. It has also canceled all of its internal company events through 2020, and could potentially extend that into 2021, the statement said.
Twitter’s announcement comes as a growing number of Silicon Valley companies, once known for lavish office perks and sprawling campuses, now appear to be competing against one another to offer the longest timeline for telecommuting as the health crisis continues.
As Twitter has shifted to semi-permanent telework, it’s also slowed hiring. Twitter had planned to increase its workforce by 20% this year, according to financial filings. But due to the pandemic, it has put that plan on hold in an effort to control its “total expense growth,” hiring only in critical areas including engineering and product, as well as its trust and safety division.