Amazon employees in the US will be closely monitored in the future and may be penalized if they do not spend enough time in the office. The company will keep track of how often they log onto the business floor. This is evident from an email some of them received this week.
In the email, it was seen by financial timesAmong other things, he stated that some employees “do not currently live up to expectations of being in the office with their colleagues at least three days a week.” These employees have reportedly come into the office less than three times a week for five or more of the past eight weeks.
Amazon will monitor its employees by tracking how often they log in from any site. It is unclear how violators of the new rules will eventually be “punished”. The company declined to comment.
The vast majority of American tech workers have been working from home since the coronavirus pandemic, including Amazon employees. A survey by research firm Morning Consult found that about 22 percent of tech workers worked (partly) from home before the pandemic began; It is now at least 85 percent. Three out of five employees aren’t motivated to work full time in the office (again), according to the same survey.
Amazon isn’t the first major tech company to force employees to go back to their desks. In March, Apple threatened penalties if employees failed to show up regularly. Elon Musk, the head of X (ex-Twitter), also recently demanded that his employees return to their physical workplace full time.
Companies offering such penalty schemes can usually count on a lot of resistance from employees. For example, Amazon employees already went on strike in June after taking the first measures to get employees back to their offices. The latest email from the US tech giant’s board of directors has caused further controversy. “Is this meant to scare people?” It was shared in an internal WhatsApp chat for employees.
The growing need for tech workers to work from home is in direct conflict with the ambitions of the tech hub of Silicon Valley, home to giants like Google, Meta, and Apple. In the fifties and sixties of the last century, billions were invested in the construction of a huge campus, which was to serve as an inspiring meeting place for employees. More and more technology companies yearn for these days. However, according to US unions, forcing employees to return to the office is counterproductive and will only boost the work-from-home movement.
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