Amazon postpones reopening of back offices until early 2022

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In a potentially worrying sign for office reopens, Amazon has confirmed that its employees will not be returning to the office until January 2022, with a September 7 back-to-office target. The Delta variant of COVID-19, which is said to be much more contagious than the original version of the virus, is forcing businesses across the country to reconsider their plans to return to the office.

According to The edge, which broke the story, Amazon employees who have been vaccinated will have the option to wear masks in the office; unvaccinated employees will be required to do so. Amazon will also maintain its previously announced hybrid schedule, with employees expected in the office at least three days a week.

“If you want to work in the office less than three days a week and are still able to get to your assigned office as needed, you can request an exception from your vice president,” that’s how ‘Amazon described its approach to everything from a distance. to work. “If the exception is approved, you will be seen primarily as a remote worker and have an agile (not dedicated) workspace that provides space to collaborate with your team. ”

Some employees will also have the option of working entirely remotely “from a home location” for up to four weeks per year, a benefit also offered by other tech giants such as Apple.

Throughout 2021, Amazon has stressed that it expects employees to return to a “desktop-centric culture” as a “base.” Although some tech companies have chosen to relocate remotely, Amazon still plans to move thousands of employees to huge new offices across the country, including its “HQ2” headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, as well. than a huge Manhattan building once occupied by Lord & Taylor.

It is clear from many surveys that technologists prefer remote or flexible options when it comes to the office. For Amazon, extending hybrid work options to its technologists may satisfy many. However, it will be a few more months before we can see how the policy will work in practice.