Andy Jassy, Amazon CEO, has confirmed that the global tech giant has no plans to let its corporate employees return to the office anytime soon.
Following a work-from-home assignment in early 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak, Amazon has previously suggested an “office-oriented culture” according to CNBC (opens in new tab).
More than a year later, in October 2021, managers had to decide what their employees’ work routines would look like, but at the recent Code Conference, Jassy said, “We have no plan to demand that people come back”.
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Looking ahead, he says the company will be “adaptive as we learn,” which could mean greater flexibility for certain teams of employees.
Hardware and creative units, for example, have already returned to the office to some extent, while engineers continue to show a preference for remote work, Amazon’s CEO says.
“I think some things are harder to do remotely… I think it’s a little harder to figure out remotely,” Jassy added.
Elsewhere, the pandemic has had lasting effects on how Amazon hires workers. Previously, the emphasis was on hiring workers in the areas where the company operated, but the company has indicated an openness to remote work and greater tolerance for accepting workers from different locations.
The company’s refreshing stance differs slightly from that of many other tech giants, including Google and Apple, who both mandate office work at least three days a week.
Tesla has also come under scrutiny in recent months after an email from CEO Elon Musk, demanding that all employees involved return to their offices or be fired.
Whether Amazon remains committed to the WFH lifestyle remains to be seen, but in the meantime, it offers many employees a much more compelling proposition.