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Amazon delayed its first return-to-office date in September of 2021 and set a second return-to-office date for January of 2022. On October 11 of 2021, however, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy cancelled a return-to-office date altogether. Instead, Amazon managers can decide what’s best for their team without a company-wide policy on office-first or remote-first work. As a result of the change in policy, Amazon cut back on its square footage on a new office space project in New York City and paused new construction on offices in Bellevue, Washington and Nashville, Tennessee.
Here is everything you need to know about Amazon’s return to office plan: the current policy, the timeline of delays, and sentiment from Amazon leadership about how work will be done in the future at the company.
Amazon’s Return To Office: Current Policy
- Return To Office Date: Cancelled (No Official Return)
- Location Policy: Hybrid
- Office Visit Expectations: None
- Office Space Footprint: Decreasing
Amazon’s RTO Timeline
September 7, 2021: Delayed
“Amazon said it expects office workers in the U.S., U.K. and several other countries to resume working mostly on site the week of Sept. 7, according to an email sent to employees Thursday.”
January 3, 2022: Cancelled
“Corporate employees in the U.S. and some other countries will begin returning to the office beginning Jan. 3, 2022, the company confirmed to CNBC.”
Cancelled (No Official Return)
“On October 11, 2021, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said the company would no longer require corporate workers to return to the office” (source).
Sentiment From Amazon Leadership
Stance on hybrid work
- “We expect that there will be teams that continue working mostly remotely, others that will work some combination of remotely and in the office, and still others that will decide customers are best served having the team work mostly in the office” (source).
Stance on remote work
- “[Amazon CEO Andy Jassy] believes that this transition to online work was bound to happen sooner or later, and the pandemic only “accelerated people moving to the cloud by a few years” (source).
Stance on office space
- “Amazon has also cut back on the amount of space it had intended to lease from JPMorgan Chase & Co. at Hudson Yards, reducing the square footage it aims to take over” (source).
- “Amazon is pausing the construction of six new office buildings in Bellevue and Nashville to reevaluate the designs to suit hybrid work, the tech giant said on Friday” (source).
See Also: Take a look at Amazon’s PTO Policy
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