Amazon will allow its employees to continue working remotely indefinitely, as long as they can come to the office when needed. The new policy was announced in a blog post and represents a change of pace from the previously announced practice, where most employees were required to come to the office at least three days a week when offices reopened.
The Seattle Times reports that a signed letter has been sent to employees by Amazon CEO Andy Gacy.
“We expect there will be teams that will continue to work primarily remotely, others that will work in a combination of remote and in-office work, and others that will decide to ‘always work in the office,'” wrote Gacy. Most of the 1 million+ employees of the global online retail giant cannot work smart because they are performing their duties in logistics, sorting orders or delivering them to customers. But about 50,000 technical and clerical employees work on the company’s sprawling campus in downtown Seattle and in the city’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Their absence will damage nearby restaurants and other businesses. Amazon’s update to its return to work policy follows similar moves by other major tech companies. Microsoft announced last month that it was delaying the reopening of its offices indefinitely.
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