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Twitter is about to close several of its offices

Twitter intends to reduce the area of ​​its offices to New York, Tokyo and Dublin. In the same way, the group close their premises in other cities such as San Francisco, Seoul, Osaka, Madrid, Hamburg, etc. The primary goal is to save money.

This decision to cut jobs or close offices entirely will save Twitter money, even if the operation is likely to stretch over several years. The office can only be vacated after the lease expires. The social network does not intend, moreover, to arrange layoffs. This ensures that jobs do not have any impact, lHowever, these employees will have to resort to permanent remote work.

“I want to clarify that this does not change our commitment to work in each of these markets. If some offices close, it won’t affect jobs,” said Dalana Brand, director of human resources at Twitter.

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According to an internal memo posted on Twitter, the tech giant intends to close its office in Sydney, Australia and plans to close several of its offices when their lease expires, including those in Seoul, Wellington, Osaka, Madrid, Hamburg. The company is planning to downsize some of its offices, especially in Tokyo, Mumbai, New Delhi, Dublin and even New York. Twitter will also reduce its presence in San Francisco, where it is headquartered, while refusing to expand in the nearby city of Oakland.

The result of this operation to close the office? Permanent remote work has been established for most employees. Twitter has moved to remote work since 2020, when the pandemic began to spread. The downsizing of its offices is part of a process to further democratize it.

Elon Musk, who was due to buy the social network for $44 billion in May, has a very clear opinion about remote work. He urges his employees to meet face to face and has even threatened to fire them if they don’t go to the office at least 40 hours a week. During an interview with Twitter employees, Elon Musk gave a little more nuance, but recalled that he encouraged face-to-face work in every possible way.

Twitter is far from the only tech giant in crisis. Meta (Facebook) has experienced a drop in turnover for the first time in its history. As such, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram will continue to cut back on its investment and has finally decided not to take up additional space in the Manhattan building. It is also suspending plans to build new facilities at Hudson Yards, New York. Salesforce has also downsized its offices since the pandemic, much like Twitter, and decided in September to lease 40% of its 43-story tower in San Francisco. For its part, Netflix has also made layoffs.

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