Rather than allowing team directors to decide whether to allow remote work, Amazon will now mandate that all office employees work in person at least three days each week. The move would be implemented on May 1st, according to Friday’s communication from boss Andy Jassy.
The business is joining other organisations that have tightened their policies on remote employment this year, like Disney and Starbucks.
The adjustment, according to Mr. Jassy, will improve teamwork, career opportunities, and corporate culture. “In a memo that the company read, he stated that collaborating and inventing is easier and more effective when we’re in person.”
In 2020, the amount of remote work will increase dramatically. Although surveys indicate the practice is slowly ceasing, it is still much more common than it was before the outbreak.
A monthly online questionnaire of collective agreements and attitudes has been conducted by Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom and others since May 2020. The results show that the percentage of days worked from home decreased to 27% in January from nearly 35% a year earlier.
As of March, Disney’s policy, which was introduced in January, requires employees to come into work at least four days a week.
While game company Activision Blizzard recently revealed plans for a similar policy, Starbucks requires at least three days of in-person work.
High-profile business figures like Elon Musk, who fully halted remote work at Tesla and Twitter, have long expressed their distaste for the practice.
However, a lot of the workforce has fought the changes, and in some cases, businesses have reversed course.
In light of the difficulty the city is having filling vacancies, New York City Mayor Eric Adams recently stated that the city would think about easing its in-office requirements.
Executives have time to consider the advantages and disadvantages of various working methods, according to Mr. Jassy.
“I am aware that certain staff may need some time to get used to a new method of working. “But I’m really hopeful about the beneficial effects this will have on how we service and innovate for consumers, as well as on the growth and advancement of our staff,” he added.