Twitter Inc. has been”strongly encouraging” its nearly 5,000 global workers to work from home because of concerns over the spread of their Covid-19 coronavirus, the business said Monday.
The social networking firm proposed as part of a site update 1 day after it suspended all non-critical traveling for employees, such as pulling from their South by Southwest conference scheduled for later this month in Austin, Texas.
Twitter says employees from Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea must operate at house, but other offices will stay available for people who choose or wish to enter. “We’re working to ensure inner meetings, all palms, along with other significant activities are optimized for remote involvement,” the company wrote on its blog.
Many, such as AT&T Inc. and Citigroup Inc., have limited global traveling, particularly to Asia. Others such as Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google have canceled or postponed conventions from the U.S., and Facebook combined Twitter Monday in pulling from South by Southwest. However, Twitter’s proposal for distant work is much more reminiscent of what firms did in Asia since the virus swept the area.
That is likely because Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey is a huge proponent of distant work, and has announced plans to invest up to six months operating in Africa in 2020. “While this can be a major change for us, we’ve been moving toward a more dispersed workforce that is increasingly distant,” Twitter composed Monday.
Square Inc., another people business that Dorsey directs, is also requesting employees to work at home.
A few of Twitter employees tweeted compliments for the conclusion, applauding Dorsey for assigning worker wellbeing. Many of the tweets comprised the hashtag #webackjack, doubling as service for a CEO under assault from activist investors who might attempt to substitute him.