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Amazon's remote work plans may be more flexible and longer-term than indicated, employees say: 'I'd be shocked if we ever return to the office'

Amazon's remote work plans may be more flexible and longer-term than indicated, employees say: 'I'd be shocked if we ever return to the office'

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Amazon's remote work plans may be more flexible and longer-term than the company has previously indicated, according to information shared with Business Insider by current employees.




Amazon has officially said some employees can work from home until June 30, 2021.




Amazon has asked at least some employees at a Seattle headquarters building where many cloud computing employees work to clean out their desks, and has allowed others to permanently switch to a "virtual employee" designation.




Amazon declined to say whether the company plans to adopt a hybrid work model or allow for more permanently remote roles. However, a spokesperson said it would be premature for Amazon to make a commitment one way or the other, under the present circumstances.




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The official guidance from Amazon is some employees can work from home until next summer, but information from three employees suggests the company may have longer-term plans for a more flexible working environment.Amazon has asked at least some employees at a Seattle headquarters building to clean out their desks, and has allowed others to permanently switch to a virtual employee designation previously reserved for those who live far from regional offices. "I'd be shocked if we ever return to the office," one employee said. Business Insider is not naming the employees because they are not authorized to speak on internal company matters, but their identities are known to us. Officially, Amazon has said "employees with work that can effectively be done from home can continue to do that work from home through June 30, 2021." The company declined to comment to Business Insider on whether it plans to adopt a hybrid work model or allow for more roles to go permanently remote.
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