Amazon will bring its corporate employees back into the office for at least three days each week starting the week of September 7.
The company had previously been more diligent about in-person work, citing the importance of office culture.
However, Amazon has slightly relaxed its policy, informing corporate employees they can work remotely for up to four weeks each year as long as they are working from within the U.S. Additionally, workers will have the ability to apply for exemptions from in-person work.
“Our thinking is predicated on what we believe will be most beneficial for customers, while also trying to give employees more flexibility in their work environment and lives,” the blog post from this week reads. “For employees who were mostly remote pre-COVID, such as some Sales and Customer Service roles, they will remain working remote. For employees in roles which require onsite work, such as hardware engineers and frontline operations, these individuals will continue to work onsite.”
As far as vaccination policies, an Amazon representative said that it will strongly encourage employees and contractors to get vaccinated as soon as possible.