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Twitter Makes Working From Home a Permanent Option for Some Employees(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Twitter’s experience during the pandemic has made the company realize it canlet some employees work from home permanently.Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday told staff they could continue to work fromhome, even after the pandemic lockdowns are lifted, according to BuzzFeed.Only people with jobs that require a physical presence, such as servermaintenance, will need to come in.Employees at the San Francisco-based company have been working from home sinceMarch in response to the pandemic. “The past few months have proven we canmake that work,” a Twitter spokesperson said. “So if our employees are in arole and situation that enables them to work from home and they want tocontinue to do so forever, we will make that happen. If not, our offices willbe their warm and welcoming selves, with some additional precautions, when wefeel it’s safe to return.”The news may be a sign of things to come for the tech industry, which largelyemploys software engineers and white-collar workers who can work remotely. Thepandemic has sparked speculation it may be unnecessary for Silicon Valleyfirms to maintain large office spaces in the future and instead shift tomaintaining workforces remotely.Other companies such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft were also quick toinstitute work-from-home policies due to the pandemic. Now they’ve beentelling employees to remain at home until October or through the end of theyear.### Recommended by Our EditorsIn Twitter’s case, the company has no plans to reopen offices beforeSeptember, with only a few exceptions. “When we do decide to open offices, italso won’t be a snap back to the way it was before. It will be careful,intentional, office by office and gradual,” the spokesperson said.The company has also canceled all in-person events for the year, and isrefraining from sponsoring business travel until after August. Twitter employsabout 4,900 workers.