Amazon requires thousands of employees to come to the office at least three days a week a memo from CEO Andy Jassy. In making the announcement, Jassy indicated that the company needed to strengthen its culture, foster collaboration and provide mentorship opportunities for its employees.
Jassy also noted that the personal requirements would boost the local economies where Amazon’s offices are located. He said the company plans to give teams time to develop plans for returning employees, acknowledging that a return to the office may not be perfect at first, but will steadily improve over time.
According to Jassy, Amazon believes that face-to-face work leads to better team connections, the ability to solve more complex problems more efficiently, and foster effective brainstorming sessions – which help move ideas forward quickly. The company also appreciates the importance of peer learning and the benefits of personal mentorship and learning opportunities.
Jassy added that Amazon’s culture has been critical to its success over the past 27 years. Strengthening the corporate culture is a top priority for him and the rest of his team.
The online retail giant’s decision to require in-person work for employees is part of a larger trend where companies are bringing workers back to the office, citing the need to foster collaboration and increase productivity. Despite initial concerns, some employees have attempted to return to an office environment, believing it will help them better connect with and learn from their colleagues.