Amazon has introduced a new policy that links employee promotions to compliance with its return-to-office mandate.
The e-commerce giant now requires employees to be physically present in the office at least three times a week to be considered for promotions.
The change in policy stipulates that a vice president’s approval, rather than just a manager’s, is necessary to promote employees who do not meet the office attendance requirement. This shift reflects a more rigorous approach by Amazon in enforcing its return-to-office policy.
Remote Work Exceptions and Leadership Approval
While Amazon allows for some flexibility with remote work exceptions, these are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Employees who primarily work remotely must obtain additional leadership approval for promotions, aligning with the company’s tighter control over remote work arrangements.
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy emphasized the importance of in-office collaboration in a letter to employees, advocating for a return to the office for the majority of the week. This stance underscores Amazon’s shift in policy regarding work arrangements post-pandemic.
Employee Reaction and Global Presence
The return-to-office mandate, effective since May 1, has faced resistance, including employee walkouts and an internal petition signed by over 30,000 staff members.
Amazon, with a global workforce exceeding 1.46 million, maintains a significant presence with multiple offices, including its Seattle headquarters and a second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.
With information from: Fox Business