Amazon said on Monday it would allow many technical and corporate employees to continue working remotely indefinitely, as long as they can come to the office when necessary.
The new policy was announced in a blog post and is a change from Amazon’s previous expectation that most employees will be required to be in the office at least three days a week when offices reopen in January from the COVID-19 pandemic. .
The Seattle Times reported that Monday’s message was signed by Amazon CEO Andy Jesse and said the company’s directors would have the discretion to allow teams they manage to continue working remotely.
“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.
Most of the online retail giant’s more than 1 million global employees cannot work remotely as they perform their duties in the company’s fulfillment and transportation division, grabbing orders and delivering them to customers.
But about 50,000 technical and office workers work in the company’s sprawling Seattle campus and in the city’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Their absence would harm nearby restaurants and other businesses.
Amazon’s update to its return-to-work policy followed similar moves by other large technology companies. Microsoft announced last month that it has indefinitely postponed the reopening of its offices.
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