On Monday, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said in a message to Amazonians that the firm would no longer require tech and corporate workers to return to the office. Jassy noted that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach for how each team performs best at a company of their size. The latest policy was proclaimed in a blog post and is a change from the e-commerce firm’s earlier expectation that most workers would need to be in the office about three days a week when offices resume from the coronavirus pandemic in last January.
The Seattle Times reported Monday’s message, signed by Amazon CEO, describes that company directors would have the circumspection to permit teams under their sphere to stay remote.
BREAKING: @amazon will allow workers to continue working remotely INDEFINITELY 🚨
Executive directors will now have the discretion to allow individuals to stay remote if they want 🙌
I hope this new policy offers its employees the flexibility to work in a way that suits them 🙏 pic.twitter.com/5dVARedNHI
— Tony Jamous (@jamingo) October 12, 2021
Jassy wrote they anticipate that there would be teams that continue mainly working remotely, others that would work some combination of in the office and remotely, and still that would determine customers are best served having the teamwork in the office. Moreover, they’re intentionally not prescribing “how many and which days,” and that’s for Amazon Directors to decide with their senior leaders and team members.
“Ratchet Up Worries”
Before the declaration, the company was planning to require tech and corporate employees to be in the office at least 3-days/week commencing in Jan. 2022, unless authorized by their manager. And the initial intention had been to return in Sept. Mr. CEO said that they’re going to leave that determination up to individual teams.
Furthermore, workers would continue to be permitted to spend almost four weeks working remotely from any spot in their home nation, but Andy Jassy said they should live mostly in a place where they could reasonably come to the office for meetings within one days’ notice. He added they’d all continue to be evaluated by how they deliver for their customers, irrespective of where they’re performing.
The latest policy applies to the about sixty thousand Amazon office employees in the Puget Sound area, is possibly to increase concerns among South Lake Union business holders and further perplexes predicts for the future of the Seattle office market.
Meanwhile, the proclamation mostly bewildered Amazonians, with some expressing it remains to be seen how many teams would literally gain special permission to work from home.