Amazon will force some employees to relocate to return to the office

(Bloomberg) — Inc. will require some company employees to relocate under a mandate requiring workers to be in the office three days a week, according to people familiar with the matter, the latest source of tension between the tech giant and its workforce following layoffs that began last year.

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Who will have to move and when will be decided at the department level, one of the people said, adding that Amazon has not yet determined how many employees will be affected. Some remote workers who have been hired or moved during the pandemic will need to move closer to offices in order to meet the three-day requirement, said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss an internal matter.

“There’s more energy, collaboration and connection since we’ve been working together at least three days a week, and we’ve heard that from many employees and the businesses that surround our offices,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. “We continue to research the best ways to bring more teams together in the same locations, and we will communicate directly with employees when making decisions that affect them.”

Amazon morale has taken a hit since the company began layoffs late last year that ultimately affected around 27,000 employees. The Seattle-based company ordered most company employees to report to the office at least three days a week starting in May, a move some employees protested during a May walkout in Seattle.

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