Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced Thursday that it is following the lead of a number of other tech companies by recalling employees to the office, but only for three days a week. Employees will be allowed to continue working outside the home for the remaining two days.
As the economy continues to reopen in the wake of the pandemic, companies that have allowed employees to remotely work at their jobs have begun reopening their offices, but only tentatively, for a few days a week.
Among those who switched to work hours 3 and 2 in the office and at home, there are Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Google, IBM (NYSE: IBM), as well as salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM)…
In a post on aboutamazon.com, Amazon said it is trying to balance what provides flexibility for its employees and what works best for customers.
As a result, some employees, such as hardware engineers and line operators, will continue to work from the office as usual, while others, such as sales and customer service personnel, may continue to work from home. All others will adopt a hybrid schedule, although exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Conversely, corporate employees will be able to work remotely for up to four weeks a year without the expectation of having to show up at the office.
While many see the flexibility that companies offer as an advantage, some employees still see it as a burden. Apple employees recently sent CEO Tim Cook an open letter demanding that they be allowed to continue working from home, expressing disappointment that he did not take into account their feelings about returning to the office.
They said Apple’s record earnings show that telecommuters are working, and they should be able to work from home if they want to.
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