Amazon CEO Andy Jassy sent an email to employees on Monday describing a change in work-from-home policies for his office workers. In August, the plan called for employees to return to offices in January 2022, with the expectation being that workers spend three days a week in the office and two days a week remotely. However, under the new policy announced on Monday, Amazon lets individual teams decide how often their employees should come to the office.
Here is Jassy’s explanation of the new rules and how they work:
For our corporate roles, instead of specifying that people work three days a week in the office, we’ll leave that up to individual teams. This decision will be made team by team at the director level. We expect that there will be teams who will continue to work primarily remotely, others who will work remotely and in the office, and still others who will decide that clients are best served if the team is primarily working. in the office. We don’t intentionally prescribe how many days or which days – it’s up to directors to determine with their leaders and teams. Decisions should be guided by what will be most effective for our clients; and unsurprisingly, we will all continue to be valued by how we deliver for customers, no matter where the work is done.
Jassy says employees should expect to hear from their team leaders on their plans by Jan. 3. However, “we want most of our employees to be close enough to their core team that they can easily get to the office for a meeting within a day,” Jassy said. Employees will also be able to work for up to four weeks per year entirely remotely, provided they are working in the country where they are employed.
These changes only apply to office workers; other workers, including company warehouse workers, drivers, AWS data center workers, retail workers, and employees who develop devices, will not have schedules as well flexible.
Amazon is not the only company to have recently revised its plans to bring workers back to the office amid uncertainties over the COVID-19 pandemic. In August, Apple and Google postponed their mandatory return to the office until January 2022. In September, Microsoft went one step further by indefinitely delaying the reopening of its office.
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