Amazon has adjusted its return-to-work plans for corporate employees, issuing new guidance on Thursday that will allow for a mix of remote and in-person work. The Seattle-based tech giant said that it is “learning and evolving as we go” as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the new plan backs away from communication in March which touted a “return to an office-centric culture” as its baseline.
Amazon told employees in an internal posting that its new baseline will be three days a week in the office and the option to work remotely up to two days a week. The specific days would be determined by an employee’s leadership team.
Those who would like to work less than three days a week in the office can apply for an exception. If that exception is approved, Amazon said, that employee would then be considered primarily a remote worker, and would have a non-dedicated workspace to allow for team collaboration when they did come in.
Corporate employees who do not work in the company’s sprawling network of distribution jobs will also have the option to work fully remotely from a domestic location up to four weeks per year. Any expectation of commuting to the office would not apply during those weeks.