Is this “an era-defining moment,” as one digital innovation expert suggests? Possibly … but still to be determined. Certainly there are professions for which personal contact is necessary, especially health care. But while people – and many companies – seem to have learned that the brick and mortar existence of the past may be gone forever, there will still be businesses that will insist on cubicle farms, in-person huddle rooms, and of course, the big town hall meetings. Meanwhile, many others will figure out that time lost commuting and traveling is better spent being productive, and that access to talent expands when geographical considerations are no longer necessary for many functions.
Twitter allows staff to work from home ‘forever’
Twitter has told staff that they can work from home “forever” if they wish as the company looks towards the future after the coronavirus pandemic. The decision came as the social media giant said its work-from-home measures during the lockdown had been a success. But it also said it would allow workers to return to the office if they choose when it reopens. Earlier this month Google and Facebook said their staff can work from home until the end of the year. Twitter said: “The past few 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.”