Amazon You have decided to make some changes to your work from home policy for your employees. As part of the new rules, the tech giant will give individual teams more freedom when it comes to calling employees to the office and decisions will be made team-by-team at the Director level. Directors will decide whether all team members should work remotely or from the office or flexibly both from home and from the office. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy wrote about the new rules in an email to employees this week, which we present here verbatim, courtesy of GeekWire.
“Subject: Updated guidance on where we work
I want to tell you about how we continue to evolve our thinking about where we work.
First, it is worth reminding us how challenging and unprecedented these last 20 months have been. We have never been through something like this before and hope we never find it again. I am grateful and proud of how customer focused and mission driven the collective teams have been. It has not been easy and not everything has gone perfectly, but the impact it has had on the lives of consumers, sellers, developers, companies, creators and brands by helping them to face this discontinuity has been remarkable.
As we begin to think ahead, we’ve all been asking ourselves questions like, “When will we really go back to the office? What will it really be like? How will I allocate my time between office and home? Others do, do we need to work together in person every day to better collaborate and invent, and how do we better build connections and culture? “We’ve shared a couple of updates on this topic, first thinking we’d be back at the office in September 2021, and then in January 2022, with the suggestion that we should all try to be in the office at least three days before. week. This guide raised questions like, “Who decides what days, the team should be on the same days, are there certain functions or teams that can work more effectively at home than in the office (and vice versa)?”, And many plus. . We met several times as a leadership team to discuss these issues, and we generally agreed on three things.
First, none of us know the definitive answers to these questions, especially in the long term. Second, in a company of our size, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to how each team works best. And third, we will be in a stage of experimentation, learning and adjustment for a time as we emerge from this pandemic. All this led us to change course a bit.
For our corporate roles, rather than specifying that people work a baseline three days a week in the office, we will leave this decision to individual teams. This decision will be made team by team at the Director level. We expect there will be teams that will continue to work mostly remotely, others that will work in some combination remotely and in the office, and others that will decide that clients are better served if the team works primarily in the office. We are not intentionally prescribing how many days or what days; This is for Directors to determine with their leaders and senior teams. Decisions must be guided by what will be most effective for our clients; And unsurprisingly, we will all continue to be evaluated on how we deliver to clients, regardless of where the work is done.
At this stage, we want most of our people to be close enough to their core team that they can easily travel to the office for a meeting a day in advance. We also know that many people have found the ability to work remotely from a different location for a few weeks at a time to be inspiring and invigorating. We want to support this flexibility and will continue to offer corporate employees, who can work effectively outside the office, the option of working up to four weeks a year completely remotely from anywhere within their country of employment.
As almost all of you are hearing about this change for the first time, and will probably be anxious to know what your team’s plan is for moving forward, I ask that you be patient with your leaders, as it will probably take a few weeks to develop and communicate your plan. We anticipate that you will hear from your leaders about these specific plans before January 3, which is the date we previously set for people to begin returning to the office at least three days a week.
I also want to acknowledge our colleagues in Amazon’s transportation and fulfillment divisions whose roles are not as flexible as most of our corporate roles. The work of these teams continues to be critical to communities around the world (and to the success of the company), and the world has relied on them to deliver products to their doorsteps since the beginning of the pandemic. There are other types of roles as well, such as those who work in our AWS data centers, physical stores, and those who design, develop, and test new devices, that do not have the flexibility to work remotely. I just want to thank these teammates for their passion, commitment, and continued dedication. It is very much appreciated.
As mentioned above, these are unusual times and we are all learning together what we believe is the best way to work together to make clients’ lives easier and better every day. And since it is so early in our mission, with many inventions and changes in front of us, you can bet that we will continue to adapt as we continue to learn what makes the most sense for our clients and teams.
Thank you for all your continued hard work.