Amazon has softened its stand on remote work policy and providing employees more flexibility for hybrid work schedules. The tech giant has said that its corporate employees can work remotely for two days a week. This means that these employees are required to visit offices thrice a week. This is a slightly relaxed stance when compared to the previous position of the company on returning to offices as the coronavirus pandemic subsides. The company also said that most of its corporate employees in the Seattle area will be allowed to work from home or remotely for 28 days each year. This is the first big update since the company announced in March that it envisioned “an office-centric culture.” According to an email sent to employees, Amazon has now said that it expects employees in the United States and the United Kingdom to resume working, mostly on-site, from September 7.
The company said that employees can seek exemptions if need and that have to be approved. “Like most of the companies, Amazon is also managing things in the post-pandemic era for the first time. We will learn and evolve as we move ahead. We have been thinking about providing a balance between our desire and belief. While we desire to extend the flexibility of work from home, it is our belief that we can bring out something better for our customers when we are working together in the office,” the email sent to employees reads.
The decision is similar to what other tech peers of the Seattle-based company have been announcing of late. Facebook is encouraging workers to come to offices at least half the time when the company reopens its offices in the United States in October. Apple too has said that employees should come to offices at least three days a week when the offices reopen in early September. Earlier this week, International Business Machines Corp. informed employees that the offices are set to open from September 7. However, the policy is once again facing a backlash as it highlights how the company differentiates between corporate employees and warehouse workers in the United States. None of the hundreds of thousands of these workers will be able to work remotely.