每日英語跟讀 Ep.K631: Amazon's Warning to In-Person Attendance Draws Mixed Reactions
Amazon, the e-commerce giant, has recently issued warnings to some of its US-based office workers regarding their in-person attendance. In an effort to uphold its return-to-office policies, the company has been sending emails to employees who are perceived to be non-compliant with the required attendance.
This move by Amazon emphasizes the company's determination to enforce its rules, even amidst a certain level of resistance from employees. The policy mandates that workers report to a physical office location at least three days a week. This is also part of a broader trend where numerous companies are aiming to reduce the prevalence of remote work.
Screenshots of the email sent by Amazon have been circulating on social media, showcasing the company's communication to employees who are falling short of meeting the in-office attendance requirement. The email asserts that these employees are not aligning with the expectation of being physically present in the office for at least three days a week, despite the readiness of their assigned office building.
The email goes on to firmly state, "We expect you to start coming into the office three or more days a week now." It further highlights the positive outcomes witnessed among those employees who have adhered to the policy, noting a rise in energy and collaboration within the Amazon community.
The email's contents triggered diverse reactions among Amazon employees on social media platform Blind, where employees anonymously discuss their workplace experiences. While some users expressed outrage over the email, others supported Amazon's approach in enforcing attendance policies. Interestingly, some employees claimed to have received the email erroneously, either because they had been compliant or because they had never actually worked from the office.
In response to media inquiries, Amazon explained that the email was sent to employees who had not met the in-office attendance criteria as specified in the policy. The follow-up communication clarified that those who had received the notice in error should reach out to their managers for rectification.
This incident at Amazon reflects the larger trend among tech companies in reconsidering remote work policies. While initially at the forefront of remote work adoption during the pandemic, companies are now moving towards a more balanced approach. Amazon is not alone in this shift, with Google and Meta (formerly Facebook) also reinforcing in-office attendance. Even government entities are advocating for a return to physical workplaces.
Reference article: https://edition.cnn.com/2023/08/11/business/amazon-warns-employees-office/index.html