An internal Amazon memo says that employees will be required to come to the office at least three days each week as the pandemic winds down.
“We’ve been thinking about how to balance our desire to provide flexibility to work from home with our belief that we invent best for customers when we are together in the office,” the memo, which was viewed by Geekwire, reads.
Previously, Amazon had told employees it expected a “return to an office-centric culture,” so this change is a bit of a reversal. But it also matches Apple’s recently-revised plan for the return of employees to its offices, and that plan was met by outrage by some of Apple’s employees.
Amazon, meanwhile, says it is “learning and evolving as [it goes],” and that employees who would like to work remotely more than two days each week can apply for an exception. Employees that work three or more days from outside of the office each week are considered remote workers, and they will lose their private office space and be required to use a non-dedicated workspace when they do come into the office.
These new rules obviously don’t apply to most of Amazon’s employees, the 1.3 million folks who work in fulfillment centers around the world and can’t work remotely. Instead, they apply only to the 85,000 Amazon employees who work in the firm’s 18 North American office locations; 50,000 of them work at its Seattle-area headquarters.
Amazon is still eyeing the fall for the return to the workplace, but it hasn’t specified a date yet.