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Amazon relaxes return to office policy, allows flexibility by department

Oct 11, 2021, 1:41 PM
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Amazon has announced that its corporate employees’ return to its offices will be left to the discretion of its directors on a team by team basis.

The announcement Monday follows one that previously dictated that all corporate employees would be required to spend at least three days in its offices.

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“For our corporate roles, instead of specifying that people work a baseline of three days a week in the office, we’re going to leave this decision up to individual teams,” an updated Amazon announcement reads.

“This decision will be made team by team at the Director level. We expect that there will be teams that continue working mostly remotely, others that will work some combination of remotely and in the office, and still others that will decide customers are best served having the team work mostly in the office. We’re intentionally not prescribing how many days or which days — this is for Directors to determine with their senior leaders and teams.”

The announcement goes on to acknowledge that some employees have relocated according to the flexibility remote work provides. It indicates that, moving forward, employees must remain on hand for office travel within a day’s notice, but that one month is allotted for remote work free from that expectation.

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“We want most of our people close enough to their core team that they can easily travel to the office for a meeting within a day’s notice,” the announcement continues.

“We want to support this flexibility and will continue to offer those corporate employees, who can work effectively away from the office, the option to work up to four weeks per year fully remote from any location within your country of employment.”

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Amazon relaxes return to office policy, allows flexibility by department