Amazon Reveals Its Plans for Opening Up Its Offices

Posted on April 1, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Amazon with 22 Comments

Amazon isn’t buying into the work-from-home future and it expects all of its employees to return to the office by this fall, with some coming back in the summer.

“The timelines for returning to the office will vary by country, depending on the infection and vaccination rates, and we expect our return to the office to be gradual,” the official About Amazon blog notes. “In the U.S., as vaccines become broadly available in the next few months, we expect more people will start coming into the office through the summer, with most back in the office by early fall.”

But here’s where Amazon differs from its contemporaries at Microsoft and Google:

“Our plan is to return to an office-centric culture as our baseline,” the firm says. “We believe it enables us to invent, collaborate, and learn together most effectively.”

Interestingly, Amazon’s offices are open right now, but only about 10 percent of employees are coming into work regularly. To transition back to a more normal office experience, Amazon says it will open its employee restaurants, cafes, and shops “soon,” and that it will “maintain strong safety protocols, such as temperature screenings upon entry, physical distancing guidelines, face-covering requirements, office occupancy limits, and enhanced cleaning in all offices.”

“Over the past year, teams have done incredible work under difficult circumstances, and we’ve learned a lot about the pros and cons of remote work,” Amazon concludes. “We look forward to the day in the not-too-distant future when we can again invent together—safely and in person—on behalf of customers.”

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