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06/11/2021

Amazon adjusts return-to-work policy following backlash

E-giant now says corporate and tech employees can work remotely two days a week
Amazon workers sitting on a set of stairs at the company's campus in Seattle
Photo: Amazon

Corporate and tech employees at Amazon won't have to work in offices full time after coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

The Seattle Times reports the online retail giant said in a company blog post Thursday those employees can work remotely two days a week. In addition, the employees can work remotely from a domestic location for four weeks each year.

Amazon's work policy update follows backlash from some employees to what they interpreted as the expectation they would have to return to the office full time once states reopen.

Some tech companies had launched recruiting campaigns that seemed targeted in part at Amazon workers' dismay over an end to remote work.

Most Amazon employees will start heading back to offices as soon as local jurisdictions fully reopen, with the majority of workers in offices by autumn, the company said previously.

Amazon has about 75,000 employees in the greater Seattle area. The company's new remote-work plan is similar to other large tech companies.

Google said last month it expected roughly 60% of its workforce to come into the office a few days a week, and for 20% to work from home full time. Google also gave all employees the option to work remotely full time four weeks per year. Facebook and Microsoft have both said most workers can choose to stay remote.