- Amazon CEO Andy Jesse said in a memo Monday that the company is leaving it to individual team managers to decide how often their employees come to work when offices reopen next year.
- The company had earlier set a baseline for three days a week in the office.
Amazon is giving its employees more flexibility to work from home even as its offices reopen next year.
one in memorandum to employees On Monday, Amazon CEO Andy Jesse said the company would leave it to individual team directors to decide how often their employees work in the office.
“We expect that there will be teams that will continue to work mostly remotely, others that will do some combination work remotely and in the office, and still others who will decide on clients to keep the team working mostly in the office. Best served,” wrote Jassi. “We are not knowingly determining how many days or which days – that is up to the directors to determine with their senior leaders and teams.”
Amazon declined to say how many people it employs at the director level.
The move marks a change from Amazon’s earlier plan to return to work, which it said expects most corporate employees to begin returning to the office on January 3, 2022. Amazon had set a baseline of three days a week in the office, leaving employees with the option to work remotely two days a week.
Jesse said Amazon found it couldn’t determine a “one-size-fits-all approach” to work at the company’s scale. Amazon now has 1.3 million employees worldwide, of whom hundreds of thousands are in corporate roles.
As part of the policy change, Amazon will give corporate employees the option to work up to four weeks per year, completely away from any location within the country.
While Amazon is giving employees more leeway to report to the office, Jassi said most employees would be expected to be close enough to their team “that they can easily travel to the office within a day’s notice. “
Other tech giants have also embraced remote working. Microsoft indefinitely postponed its return to the office in September, while Facebook and Google expect a portion of their employees to continue working from home if their jobs can be done remotely.
In contrast, Twitter last year told employees they could work from home “forever” if they wanted to.
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