On March 10, 2020, Amazon’s headquarters was located in downtown Seattle, Washington, almost empty. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Amazon recommended that all employees in its Seattle office work from home, leaving most of the downtown area almost unattended.
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Amazon is giving its employees more flexibility to work from home, even after its offices start to reopen next year.
In a memo to employees on Monday, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy (Andy Jassy) said that the company will let each team leader decide how often employees work in the office.
Jassy wrote: “We expect that some teams will mainly continue to work remotely, other teams will work remotely and in some combination in the office, and some teams will decide to let the team mainly work in the office to provide the best service to customers.” “We deliberately do not specify how many days or days-this is determined by the directors and their senior leaders and team.”
Amazon declined to say how many people it employs at the director level.
This move marks a change in Amazon’s earlier plan to resume work, which stated that most corporate employees are expected to return to the office starting January 3, 2022. Amazon has set a baseline of three days a week in the office, leaving employees to choose to work remotely up to two days a week.
Jassy said that Amazon found that it was unable to offer a “one size fits all” approach to meet the company’s size. Amazon currently has 1.3 million employees worldwide, of which hundreds of thousands hold corporate positions.
As part of the policy change, Amazon will also provide corporate employees with a choice of up to four weeks per year to work completely remotely from any location in the country/region where they are employed.
Although Amazon provides more leeway for employees to report to the office, Jassy said that most employees are expected to keep a sufficient distance from the team, “so that they can easily go to the office to participate in a meeting within a day of being notified.”
Other tech giants have also accepted remote work. Microsoft delayed returning to the office indefinitely in September, and Facebook and Google hope that if their work can be done remotely, some of their employees will continue to work from home.
In contrast, Twitter told employees last year that if they want, they can “always” work from home.
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