Following the pandemic, many companies, including Amazon, have continued to offer their employees the flexibility of working from home. But according to a new blog post by CEO Andy Jassy, Amazon’s corporate and tech employees would have to return to the office at least three days a week, starting May 1st.
Jassy explained that after observing various models of work arrangements during the pandemic, the company concluded that a hybrid work arrangement would be the best of both worlds, allowing employees to enjoy the flexibility of working from home while also experiencing the benefits of working in an office environment. However, there wasn’t any quantitative evidence in the blog post justifying his claims.
“Collaborating and inventing is easier and more effective when we’re in person. The energy and riffing on one another’s ideas happen more freely. Also, teams working on new ideas often find that a whiteboard enhances the group understanding and iterating,” reads the blog post.
Potential challenges of bringing employees back to the office
Jassy acknowledged that bringing employees back to the office won’t be a simple process, and Amazon is allowing teams to develop a plan for the transition. The company understands that the process may not be perfect at first, but the office experience will steadily improve over the coming months and years as they continue to evolve their office setups to capture the new ways they want to work.
“I’m very optimistic about the positive impact this will have on how we serve and invent on behalf of customers, as well as on the growth and success of our employees,” says Jassy.
Amazon is not the only tech company to reverse its work-from-home policy. Companies like Activision, Apple, Tesla, and Twitter have also shifted back to in-person or hybrid work arrangements. However, many employees have resisted these mandates, arguing that they are just as productive working from home.