Amazon has delayed the return of staff to its offices across the world from September this year to January 2022, as the Delta variant of the new coronavirus continues to spread.
“As we continue to closely monitor local conditions related to COVID-19, we are adjusting our guidance for corporate employees in the United States and other countries where we previously expected employees would start coming regularly. the week of September 7, “online bazaar said Thursday. “We are now extending this date to January 3, 2022. Our return to office schedule will vary globally depending on local conditions.”
The pandemic has changed the way we work. Gone are the days when we had to go to the office and work at our desks alongside our colleagues. Recent surveys show that most people prefer to work from home and don’t want to go back to the office too much, if at all.
Amazon knows this and is offering most of its employees the choice of working up to two days a week from home when its offices reopen next year. People in sales or customer service positions who worked remotely before the pandemic will continue to do so.
However, hardware engineers will need to travel to the office to better collaborate with their team members. It’s a mix for software engineers: they will sometimes be able to work remotely but will occasionally have to travel to the Amazon campus for meetings, etc.
Other big tech bodies that have also announced delayed office returns are more eager to get their employees back. Apple and Google have only pushed back their return dates by a month, from September to October. Facebook appears to be staying on track to reopen in the fall and employees will have to prove they have been vaccinated if they are to return to their desks.
Microsoft has opted for a “smooth opening” – people can walk into its headquarters in Redmond, Wash. If they choose, and its office is only operating at 25 percent of capacity. Salesforce also took a similar approach. Meanwhile, Twitter once again closed its offices in San Francisco and New York, shortly after reopening them. ®