What Twitter is doing to help employees keep working from home forever, from inventing to new lingo to using hand signals on video calls
- Twitter has been working on “decentralizing” its workforce since 2018, including adding resources and policies to make life easier for remote workers.
- Some teams at Twitter have invented hand signals to help employees speak up during virtual meetings, while other teams have invented new phrases to get meetings back on track, according to the Washington Post.
- This has come in handy during the coronavirus outbreak: Twitter was the first major tech company to have its workforce start working from home, and CEO Jack Dorsey has told employees they may keep working remotely forever.
- Twitter has since decided to sublease 100,000 square feet at its San Francisco headquarters and has a policy in place to cut pay for employees who move outside the Bay Area to a less expensive region.
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Even before the coronavirus outbreak hit the US, Twitter was preparing for a future that relied heavily on remote work — and that included employing new tactics to help employees work well together from afar.
That’s according to a new piece by the Washington Post’s Elizabeth Dwoskin, which explores Twitter’s focus on creating a “distributed” workforce, which has been years in the making. The idea was sparked by a successful day working at home for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in January 2018, which led him to send a company-wide email celebrating the merits of working outside the office.
“We should always optimize for where people feel their most creative, and I’d love to see us be a lot more flexible about working from home,” Dorsey wrote, according to the Post.
Since then, Dorsey has been outspoken about decentralizing Twitter, which he has described as “the whole promise of the