Amazon has announced that starting in May, employees will be required to work out of the office at least three days per week. In a memo attributed to CEO Andy Jassy, the company stated that a hybrid work arrangement would “strengthen” Amazon’s corporate culture and promote better collaboration among its workforce. The company acknowledges that bringing thousands of employees back to the office globally is not a simple task and will require time for teams to develop a plan. Despite the initial imperfections, Amazon aims to improve the office experience in the coming months and years by evolving the set up of their offices to capture the new ways of working.
Amazon’s plan to have employees return to the office comes after several delays caused by the pandemic. In contrast to Amazon, Activision has also confirmed that it will require Blizzard employees to work out of the office at least three days per week starting in July. Many Amazon workers have moved to organize in response to the company’s policies, including the Staten Island facility JFK8, which became the first unionized Amazon workplace when its workers voted to unionize last year. This announcement also follows Amazon’s confirmation earlier this year that it would lay off over 18,000 employees.