Amazon drops its return-to-office plan and will now let most employees work from home indefinitely

Amazon drops its return-to-office plan and will now let most employees work from home indefinitely

  • Amazon will no longer require corporate employees to return to the office three days per week.
  • That reverses the company’s earlier “office-centric” policy, letting teams set their own.
  • Jassy said most workers will be expected to be able to get to their office “within a day’s notice.”

Pour one out for the “office-centric culture.”

In a Monday message to Amazon employees, CEO Andy Jassy said the company would no longer require corporate workers to return to the office.

“At a company of our size, there is no one-size-fits-all approach for how every team works best,” Jassy said.

Before this week’s announcement, Amazon was planning to require corporate and tech workers to be in the office at least three days per week starting in January 2022, unless given special permission by their manager. The original plan had been to return in September. 

Now, Jassy said, “we’re going to leave this decision up to individual teams.”

Employees will continue to be allowed to spend up to four weeks working remotely from any location in their home country, but Jassy said they should live most of the year in a place where they can reasonably get to the office for a meeting with their core team within a day’s notice.

“Not surprisingly, we will all continue to be evaluated by how we deliver for customers, regardless of where the work is performed,” he said.

Before he became CEO, Jassy told CNBC that the future of work will be “hot offices where you decide which day you’re going to come in and then you reserve a desk.”

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