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Amazon Scraps Office Attendance Baseline, Leaves Decision to Team Directors

Calling the past 20 months “unusual times,” Amazon CEO Andy Jassey said Monday that the Seattle-based company would no longer require corporate employees to be in the office three days per week. Instead, decisions on office attendance will be made by team directors. 

“We expect that there will be teams that continue working mostly remotely, others that will work some combination of remotely and in the office, and still others that will decide customers are best served having the team work mostly in the office,” Jassey wrote in a memo to employees.  

He added, “At a company of our size, there is no one-size-fits-all approach for how every team works best.” 

Amazon’s timeline for returning to the office has evolved, shifting from September of this year to January 2022. The company employs more than 75,000 in the Seattle area and is a major corporate tenant in several other cities. 

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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