Amazon extends work-from-home policy to 2021
After previously announcing that employees could work remotely until Oct 2 this year, Amazon has now extended their work-from-home (WFH) policy to January 8, 2021.
Applicable only to Amazon’s corporate workforce, the tech giant will also continue to discourage non-essential business travel for the rest of 2020.
Highlighting that the amended WFH policy will be “for those who can do their effectively from home,” Amazon will, nevertheless, keep their corporate buildings open and available to all employees.
“We continue to do everything we can to ensure a safe office environment including temperature screenings upon entry, physical distancing guidelines, providing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning protocols,” the company said in a statement.
Other major tech companies who have already announced WFH policies through 2020 include Google and Facebook, although the latter’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, revealed in May this year that the company is targeting to have half of its workforce work remotely over the next five to 10 years.
Twitter, meanwhile, went a step further when CEO Jack Dorsey told employees that they have the choice to work from home ‘forever’, if they so choose to.
“If our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen.”