Amazon says they are not going to offer promotions to employees who do not comply with their return-to-office mandate.
According to posts on Amazon’s internal website that were viewed by CNBC, employees who don’t follow the policy of staffers being in the office at least three days a week, may not get promoted.
“Managers own the promotion process, which means it is their responsibility to support your growth through regular conversations and stretch assignments, and to complete all the required inputs for a promotion,” one post says. “If your role is expected to work from the office 3+ days a week and you are not in compliance, your manager will be made aware and VP approval will be required.”
Another post on Amazon’s internal career platform for employees says, “In accordance with Amazon’s overall approach to promotions, employees are expected to work from their office 3+ days/week if that is the requirement of their role.”
The policy was announced in February, when the billion dollar company called staff back to the office by telling them they will have to be on-site for three days a week at the end of April.
In July, Amazon told the staff they would need to relocate to the nearest hub, and those who refused were then directed to take a voluntary resignation package.
Additionally, in August, the billion dollar company told their employees they were keeping track of their attendance records and knew who was and wasn’t following the policy.
Currently, Amazon has a remote work exception in place and considers requests on a case-by-case basis.
“Teams tend to be better connected to one another when they see each other in person more frequently,” CEO Andy Jassy said at the time. “There is something about being face-to-face with somebody, looking them in the eye, and seeing they’re fully immersed in whatever you’re discussing that bonds people together.”