Returning to office will benefit you, Amazon tells employees

The tech giant has rejected a petition from about 30,000 employees, who have rejected the call to return to the office from CEO Andy Jassy.
By: | March 27, 2023

Amazon employees may have to be resigned to the fact that come May 1, they would be required to be in the office at least three days a week, as outlined by CEO Andy Jassy in a company memo released this February.

This comes after Beth Galetti, Amazon’s Senior Vice President, HR, rejected a latest petition from about 30,0000 employees calling for the directive by Jassy to be cancelled.

She said, “As mentioned in Andy’s update, the guiding principle used in our decision making was to prioritise what would enable us to make our customers’ lives better and easier every day, and relentlessly invent to do so. Given the large size of our workforce and our wide range of businesses and customers, we recognise this transition may take time, but we are confident it will result in long-term benefits to increasing our ability to deliver for our customers, bolstering our culture, and growing and developing employees.”

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Galetti also emphasised that Amazon remains committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of employees and assured that the HR team is ready to offer help to any employee facing any discrimination, harassment or problems at the workplace, according to Insider.

Amazon’s drive to bring employees back to the office also comes after the tech giant announced that another 9,000 employees will be retrenched, adding to an earlier round of layoffs that began in November 2022 and extended into January 2023, which affected more than 18,000 employees.