Jun 11, 2021 - Technology

Amazon rethinks its full-time return to office

Data: Companies, Axios research; Note: Refers to overall policies, exceptions apply; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios
Data: Companies, Axios research; Note: Refers to overall policies, exceptions apply; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Amazon on Thursday said it was adjusting its policy on remote work, after earlier indicating it planned to return to an office-first culture as the pandemic eases. Under the new guidance, Amazon says most office workers will need to come in just three days per week, with further leniency possible.

The big picture: Some tech companies, including Twitter and Square, are offering workers the ability to remain fully remote, while even office-centric companies like Apple and Amazon, are recognizing the need for flexibility.

Driving the news: In an internal memo Thursday, Amazon said that its "new baseline will be three days a week in the office" and that workers that live near an office but want to come in less often can apply for an exception to the new policy.

  • "Like all companies and organizations around the world, we're managing every stage of this pandemic for the first time, learning and evolving as we go," Amazon said in Thursday's memo.

Yes, but: Not all workers will see this increased flexibility. For Amazon, for example, this applies to corporate jobs, but not for those at distribution centers.

Between the lines: Amazon's shift reflects the fact that giving workers flexibility has become table stakes in tech, where competition for talent is always fierce.

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