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‘It’s probably not going to work out,’ Amazon CEO tells employees defying return-to-office policy

Amazon’s CEO says “it’s probably not going to work out” for employees who defy the corporate’s policy to return to the workplace three days per week.

Amazon employees have been pushing again towards the corporate’s return-to-office policy for months – and it appears CEO Andy Jassy has had sufficient.


Throughout a pre-recorded inside Q&A session earlier this month, Jassy instructed employees it was “previous the time to disagree and commit” with the policy, which requires company employees to be within the workplace three days per week.

The phrase “disagree and commit” is certainly one of Amazon’s management rules, and was used usually by the corporate’s founder and present government chairman, Jeff Bezos.

“In the event you can’t disagree and commit, it’s probably not going to work out for you at Amazon,” Jassy stated, including it wasn’t proper for some employees to be within the workplace three days per week whereas others refuse to accomplish that.

His feedback had been first reported by Enterprise Insider, and later shared by Amazon.

The present workplace attendance mandate, which was introduced in February and went into impact in Could, is a shift from Amazon’s earlier policy that allowed leaders to decide how their groups labored. 

However the firm stated Tuesday it rejects the notion that the prior policy was supposed to be the norm, and pointed to a weblog publish from 2021 the place Jassy famous Amazon would “proceed to modify” issues as extra data rolled in.

When asserting the up to date policy earlier this yr, Jassy wrote in a memo to employees that Amazon made its resolution after observing what labored in the course of the pandemic and speaking to leaders at different corporations. 

Staff protested 3-day workplace week plans

He stated the corporate’s senior executives, recognized internally because the S-team, concluded employees tended to be extra engaged in particular person and collaborate extra simply.

However many employees haven’t been satisfied. In Could, a whole lot of Amazon employees protested the brand new policy throughout a lunchtime demonstration on the firm’s Seattle headquarters within the US. 

On the time, an inside Slack channel that advocated for distant work had racked up 33,000 members.

Some employees have additionally been pushing the corporate to provide knowledge that help Jassy’s claims. 


Through the session, Jassy stated the corporate’s management regarded on the knowledge it has out there and amongst different issues, he stated they didn’t really feel that conferences had been as efficient from house as they had been earlier than. 

He added there are numerous situations the place the corporate has made a few of its greatest choices with out good knowledge, pointing to examples like Amazon’s resolution to pursue a web based market for sellers and AWS, its cloud computing unit.

In July, Amazon additionally rolled out a policy that requires some employees in smaller workplaces to transfer to predominant workplaces situated in larger cities, in accordance to a number of media studies.

Amazon employs 1.4 million individuals worldwide however does not point out what number of of these work in workplace settings, as opposed to working at its warehouses and different websites.


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