Amazon to let managers decide how often employees come into the office

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

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Amazon is giving its employees extra flexibility to do business from home, even after its places of work start to reopen subsequent yr.

In a memo to employees on Monday, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy mentioned the firm will depart it up to particular person staff administrators to decide how often their employees work in the office.

“We expect that there will be teams that continue working mostly remotely, others that will work some combination of remotely and in the office, and still others that will decide customers are best served having the team work mostly in the office,” Jassy wrote. “We’re intentionally not prescribing how many days or which days — this is for Directors to determine with their senior leaders and teams.”

Amazon declined to say how many individuals it employs at the director degree.

The transfer marks a shift from Amazon’s earlier return-to-work plans, which acknowledged it anticipated most company employees to start returning to the office starting Jan. 3, 2022. Amazon had set a baseline of three days every week in the office, leaving employees the possibility to work remotely up to two days every week.

Jassy mentioned Amazon discovered it could not prescribe a “one-size-fits-all approach” to work at the firm’s scale. Amazon now has 1.3 million employees worldwide, with a whole lot of hundreds of these in company roles.

As a part of the coverage change, Amazon may even give company employees the possibility to work up to 4 weeks per yr absolutely distant from any location inside the nation they’re employed.

While Amazon is giving employees higher leeway on reporting to the office, Jassy mentioned most employees shall be anticipated to stay shut sufficient to their staff “that they can easily travel to the office for a meeting within a day’s notice.”

Other tech giants have additionally embraced distant work. Microsoft in September indefinitely postponed its return to the office, whereas Facebook and Google anticipate a portion of their employees to proceed to do business from home if their jobs could be accomplished remotely.

By distinction, Twitter told employees last year they’ll do business from home “forever” in the event that they select to.

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