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Amazon expands remote work options for many employees as pandemic persists

The company says individual directors will make decisions about remote work for their teams.

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Amazon is no longer trying to implement a one-size-fits-all return to work policy for its employees.

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Amazon is offering its office employees more flexibility when it comes to returning to their worksites, CEO Andy Jassy said Monday in a blog post. Instead of trying to implement a one-size-fits-all mandate, Jassy said in-office workdays will be determined by individual team directors. Amazon expects some teams will return to the office, some will continue remote work and some will strike a balance between remote work and coming into the office.

"We're intentionally not prescribing how many days or which days -- this is for directors to determine with their senior leaders and teams," Jassy said in the post. "The decisions should be guided by what will be most effective for our customers; and not surprisingly, we will all continue to be evaluated by how we deliver for customers, regardless of where the work is performed."

In June, Amazon said employees would be expected to return to the office part time once coronavirus restrictions in their region lifted. At the time, Amazon was expecting to return to an office-focused work culture in the fall with employees in the office three days per week. Corporate employees would have the option of working remotely for up to four weeks per year. 

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