Amazon now says that it will leave remote work decisions to individual team leaders after failing to establish a new post-pandemic policy that works for everyone. In short, Amazon is embracing hybrid work.
“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,” Amazon CEO Andy Jassy wrote in an email to employees that was viewed by GeekWire. “We’re intentionally not prescribing how many days or which days—this is for Directors to determine with their senior leaders and teams.”
Like other Big Tech firms, Amazon has struggled to find a back-to-the-office policy that works for all of its employees, and it has changed the date for that return repeatedly. But this new approach aligns nicely with the hybrid work claims that Microsoft recently made too.
GeekWire reported a few more interesting specifics from the Amazon email: the firm expects employees to live close enough to their teams that they can travel to the office within a day’s notice, and it will allow corporate employees to work remotely for up to four weeks per year from any location in their country of employment, assuming they can do so effectively.
Seems flexible and reasonable to me.