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Article: Twitter Just Told Employees They Can Work From Home Permanently

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"Opening offices will be our decision, when and if our employees come back, will be theirs," the representative told Business INSIDERS. "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."

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Good. Not everyone needs to be in an office.

Give people the opportunity to choose to work from home. Especially in the tech industry.


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"Twitter just told employees they can work from home permanently"

I have had this discussion both on and offline for the last couple of months. My thinking was that companies will embrace these new working conditions once they see that it is a win win for them.

Companies have traditionally been loath to allow staff to work from home because they fear losing control. They are fearful that allowing an employee to work at home will mean the worker will slack off, productivity will tank and they will also have set a precedent that will make it harder to say no to other employees when they express a desire to work remotely.

If I remember correctly, in his book The 4-Hour Work Week, Tim Ferriss proposed that someone wanting to work from home convince their employer to allow them to do it one day a week for a month or so as an experiment so they could get used to the idea and see how the productivity graph looked over time.

Many companies have now realised after having remote working forced on them that with good staff productivity can be as good as, if not better than if they had commuted in to the office. Staff are probably also less likely to take sick days so absenteeism and lateness are reduced. Large offices can be downsized as well as saving made on other facilities and benefits. Plus, going forward, they could even save money on salaries as working from home means that there are no commuting costs for the employee to factor in and the attraction of working from home means people are more willing to work for less money. After all being there when your kids get in and having more flexible hours to complete your work are all benefits that a larger salary can't compensate for.

I see remote working becoming much more part of the main stream with many companies after things eventually return to some kind of normality. It will also path the way to lots of opportunities to provide extra services to this growing sector.
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