Amazon relaxes return-to-work plans, will let employees work remotely two days a week

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The exterior of The Spheres are seen astatine the Amazon.com Inc. office connected May 20, 2021 successful Seattle, Washington. Five women employees sued Amazon this week, alleging favoritism and retaliation.

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Amazon is giving its firm employees greater flexibility to enactment remotely, the institution said Thursday, successful a important U-turn from its earlier return-to-work guidance.

In an interior memo sent to employees, Amazon said it expects employees to enactment retired of the bureau 3 days a week, leaving them the enactment to enactment remotely up to 2 days a week. Leadership teams volition find what days employees volition beryllium required to enactment from the office, the institution said.

Geekwire previously reported connected Amazon's memo connected the company's instrumentality to enactment plans.

Corporate employees who don't privation to enactment successful the bureau 3 days per week volition beryllium capable to use for an exception. Additionally, immoderate employees volition person the enactment to enactment afloat remotely up to 4 weeks retired of the year.

Amazon had antecedently taken a much strict attack to its instrumentality to enactment plans. In March, Amazon emphasized that its extremity was to "return to an office-centric civilization arsenic our baseline." At the time, the institution said it expects immoderate employees to instrumentality to the bureau this summer, with astir of its unit backmost astatine the bureau by the fall.

Amazon said successful the memo that it's "learning and evolving arsenic we go" and would "continue to evolve" arsenic it receives feedback from employees connected the updated guidance.

"Like each companies and organizations astir the world, we're managing each signifier of this pandemic for the archetypal time, learning and evolving arsenic we go," Amazon said successful the memo. "We've been reasoning astir however to equilibrium our tendency to supply flexibility to enactment from location with our content that we invent champion for customers erstwhile we are unneurotic successful the office."

Other tech companies person taken a akin attack successful their return-to-work plans. Last week, Apple said employees volition instrumentality to the bureau 3 days a week opening successful aboriginal September. In May, Google said it expects 20% of its employees to enactment from location aft its offices reopen aboriginal this year.