Amazon postpones return to office until January 2022

The Amazon headquarters sits nearly empty on March 10, 2020 in downtown Seattle, Washington. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Amazon advisable all workers in its Seattle office to do business from home, leaving a lot of downtown almost void of individuals.

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Amazon is suspending a return to the office for its company workers until early subsequent yr, changing into the most recent tech firm to achieve this amid an increase in Covid-19 circumstances due to the extremely contagious delta variant.

Corporate workers within the U.S. and another nations will start returning to the office starting Jan. 3, 2022, the corporate confirmed to CNBC. Previously, Amazon had mentioned it anticipated most of its workers to start returning repeatedly to the office the week of Sept. 7 of this yr.

GeekWire beforehand reported Amazon’s up to date return-to-work steering.

In current weeks, different expertise firms together with Google, Facebook, Apple and Twitter have adjusted their return-to-work plans amid an increase in Covid-19 circumstances.

Unlike Google and Facebook, Amazon will not require employees returning to its office to be vaccinated. Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky confirmed this in a name with reporters following the corporate’s second-quarter earnings report final week.

The firm would require workers to put on masks within the office, except they present proof of full vaccination, Amazon mentioned.

Amazon in June walked back its guidance round distant work. The firm mentioned it expects workers to work within the office three days per week, leaving them the choice to work remotely up to two days per week. That was a major U-turn from its March guidance, when it mentioned its aim was to “return to an office-centric culture as our baseline.”