Amazon wants employees to return to the office in May

Starting in May, Amazon will require employees to work out of the office for a minimum of three days a week. The company announced the plan in a statement published Friday and credited to CEO Andy Jassy (). Jassy made the case for the policy, saying a hybrid work arrangement would “enhance” Amazon’s corporate culture and lead to better collaboration among staff.

“It’s not easy to bring many thousands of employees back to our offices around the world, so we’re going to give the teams that need to do that work some time to develop a plan,” Jassy said. “We know it won’t be perfect at first, but the office experience will steadily improve over the coming months (and years) as our real estate and facilities teams iron out the wrinkles and ultimately continue to evolve how we want our offices to be set up to on the new ways we want to work.”

Shortly after the pandemic began, Amazon said it expected workers to return to the office in October 2020. The company pushed forward to that date multiple times as successive waves of the coronavirus forced cities around the world to go into lockdown. Amazon’s announcement comes the same week that Activision would allow Blizzard employees to work out of the office for a minimum of three days a week starting in July. , Amazon has seen many of its employees move to organize in response to the company’s policies. Notably, there was JFK8, the Staten Island facility that became Amazon’s first unionized workhouse when the majority of its employees . The move also comes after Amazon confirmed at the beginning of the year that it had more than .

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