Amazon employees are angry over an email asking them to work in the office for a minimum of three days per week. The email, sent out on Wednesday, targeted workers who were allegedly not meeting this new attendance expectation, which was implemented in May.According to screenshots shared on the anonymous corporate message board Blind, the email stated, “We are reaching out as you are not currently meeting our expectation of joining your colleagues in the office at least three days a week, even though your assigned building is ready.” The email was first spotted by Business Insider.
The report mentions that some Amazon employees were furious because it was also sent ou to the employees who were meeting the attendance criteria. Notably, Amazon workers had previously organized a walkout to protest the company’s push to return to in-office work in May.
The email has been met with various reactions from employees. One Amazon worker questioned whether the email was meant to intimidate, while another deemed it as “peak absurdity.” Some suggested that the warnings were erroneously sent to employees who were, in fact, complying with the attendance policy. Concerns were raised about potential layoffs or stricter attendance requirements as well.
Some employees even raised the possibility of a technical glitch in the system causing these attendance warnings. In response, Amazon clarified that the email was sent to employees who had failed to badge into their assigned office for fewer than three days per week for five or more of the past eight weeks, or who fell short of the three-day requirement for three or more of the last four weeks, despite their building being ready.
“While we’ve taken several steps to ensure this email went to the correct recipients, we recognize that there may be instances where we have it wrong,” the company said in a statement “If you believe that you received this email in error, please reach out to your manager to discuss your situation and ensure it is accurately reflected in the system.”
The company acknowledged the possibility of mistakes in sending these warnings and encouraged employees who received them in error to reach out to their managers for resolution.
This is just one part of Amazon’s broader initiative to bring employees back to the office. Reports suggest that some Amazon managers have been instructing employees to either relocate to a central “hub” or leave the company altogether. Affected employees have until September 15 to make a decision on this policy change.The situation highlights the ongoing challenges companies face as they navigate the transition between remote and in-office work amidst employee concerns and logistical considerations.