We know that the COVID-19 pandemic was one of the main reasons why everyone started working from home because it was no safe to work from office in a closed environment. A few years have passed since the first wave of pandemic came in 2020, and now most of the world’s population has taken at least two doses of the vaccine, which has proved to be effective in curbing the spread of this virus. During the pandemic, it was also said that work from home is going to be the future and that office culture is going to end and companies should offer permanent work from home jobs going forward.
However, companies have also had the chance to look at the performances of their portfolio as well as their employees working while in-office or remote and have found out the advantages and its drawbacks as well. It looks like Amazon CEO Andy Jassy is not in favour of work from home, as he has called on for his employees to return to office. andy Jassy, in a memo to the Amazon employees, said, “we should go back to being in the office together the majority of the time (at least three days per week).”
He said that the decision to return to office was taken by senior executives at a meeting who were in favour of thinking about how they could make Amazon customers’ “lives better and easier every day and relentlessly invent to do so”. He added, “When you’re in-person, people tend to be more engaged, observant, and attuned to what’s happening in the meetings and the cultural clues being communicated”
The memo further reads, “Collaborating and inventing is easier and more effective when we’re in person. The energy and riffing on one another’s ideas happen more freely,”. Amazon previously adopted a policy of team leaders to decide if they wanted their team to work remotely. Now, it seems like Amazon stakeholders want their employees to return to office, so the decisions will be difficult. Andy Jassy adds that this will take some time to figure out in the next few weeks.