According to the Seattle tech giant’s CEO, Andy Jassy, Amazon plans to bring employees back to the office in May. Most will return to the office three days a week.
Jassy’s reasons for bringing employees back included the ease of collaborating and inventing, introducing new employees to the corporate culture, and learning.
Many employees hired during the pandemic are scattered geographically, and many have yet to set foot on an Amazon property or even have an assigned desk.
The return-to-the-office policy is welcome news to the small businesses surrounding Amazon’s Seattle headquarters. Even if it is only at 60% of pre-pandemic levels, dog daycares, local restaurants, pubs, retail stores, and others will benefit from the increased foot traffic.