Amazon announced Monday that it will allow many corporate and tech employees to work from home indefinitely under the stipulation that they can come into the office when necessary.
The new guidance, announced in a blog post by the tech giant's CEO Andy Jassy, is a change from August, when Amazon said it would require most employees to be in the office at least three days a week beginning in January 2022.
Jassy said company directors would be able determine whether their teams could continue to work remotely.
"We expect that there will be teams that continue working mostly remotely, others that will work some combination of remotely and in the office, and still others that will decide customers are best served having the team work mostly in the office," Jassy said.
"We’re intentionally not prescribing how many days or which days—this is for Directors to determine with their senior leaders and teams. 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."
Jassy also thanked employees who have been unable to work remotely, including delivery people.
"The work of these teams remains critical to communities around the world (and to the company's success), and the world has relied on them to deliver products to their doorsteps since the very beginning of the pandemic."
Amazon's announcement follows the lead of other major tech companies. Microsoft has announced that many workers will telework indefinitely and Google anticipates one-fifth of its workforce will work remotely in the foreseeable future.