Amazon US employees received a letter in August 2023 requiring them to work from the office three days per week. Dissatisfaction arose as a result of the company’s approach to questioning even compliant employees. As a result, many employees are reportedly resigning. This reaction is in part due to some teams’ relocation demands to central hubs near their teams.
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy warned remote workers against breaking the three-day office rule, implying that their time with the company may be limited.
He stated that the time for debating without taking action was over. If employees couldn’t agree with this approach, he understood, but they might not be able to stay at Amazon. The company was resuming at least three days of office work per week, and failure to do so was considered unfair to the team.
Those who refused to relocate closer to their team’s central office had two options: voluntarily resign or seek an internal job change. Employees are also being warned about their in-office attendance.
Jassy did not provide data to support the need to return to the office during a recent meeting. Instead, he called it a ‘judgement’ call and told employees who didn’t want to stop working remotely to look for other opportunities.