Amazon.com Inc. on May 20, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. The exterior of The Spheres is seen in the headquarters. Five female employees sued Amazon this week alleging discrimination and retaliation.
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Amazon is giving its corporate employees more flexibility to work remotely, the company said Thursday in a significant U-turn from its earlier return-to-work guidance.
In an internal memo sent to employees, Amazon said it expects employees to work in the office three days a week, giving them the option of working remotely two days a week. The company said leadership teams would determine which days employees would have to work from the office.
Geekwire previously reported on Amazon’s memo on the company’s return-to-work plans.
Corporate employees who do not wish to work in the office three days per week will be able to apply for an exception. Additionally, some employees will have the option of working completely remotely for up to four weeks a year.
Amazon previously took a more strict approach to its return-to-work plans. In March, Amazon emphasized that it aimed to “return to an office-focused culture as our baseline.” At the time, the company said it expected some employees to return to the office this summer, with most of its employees back in the office.
Amazon said in the memo that it is “learning and evolving” and “will continue to evolve” as it receives feedback from employees on the updated guidance.
Amazon said in the memo, “Like all companies and organizations around the world, we are managing every phase of this pandemic, learning and growing for the first time.” “We are thinking about how to balance our desire to provide the flexibility to work from home, with the belief that we invent the best for clients when we are together in the office. “
Other tech companies have taken a similar approach in their return-to-work plans. Last week, Apple said employees would return to the office three days a week in early September. In May, Google said it expected 20% of its employees to work from home once their offices reopen later this year.
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