The exterior of The Spheres can be seen at Amazon.com Inc. headquarters in Seattle, Washington on May 20, 2021. Five female employees sued Amazon this week for discrimination and retaliation.
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Amazon is giving its corporate employees more flexibility to work remotely, the company said Thursday, in a marked U-turn from its earlier return to work.
In an internal memo to employees, Amazon said it expects employees to work away from the office three days a week, giving them the option to work remotely up to two days a week. The executive teams will determine which days employees are required to work in the office, the company said.
Geekwire previously covered Amazon’s memo on the company’s plans to return to work.
Company employees who do not want to work in the office three days a week can apply for an exemption. In addition, some employees have the option to work completely remotely for up to four weeks a year.
Amazon had previously taken a stricter approach to its return to work plans. In March, Amazon emphasized that its goal was “to return to an office-centered culture as a base”. At the time, the company said it expected some employees to return to the office this summer, with most of its employees to be back in the office this fall.
Amazon said in the memo that it “learns and evolves over time” and would “evolve” when it receives feedback from employees on the updated guidance.
“Like all companies and organizations around the world, we are managing, learning, and evolving every phase of this pandemic for the first time,” Amazon said in the memo. “We thought about how we could balance our need for flexibility to work from home with our belief that we create the best for our customers when we are in the office together.”
Other tech companies have followed a similar approach in their return to work plans. Last week, Apple said employees will be returning to the office three days a week starting in early September. In May, Google announced that after reopening its offices later this year, 20% of its employees will be working from home.