The entire globe came to a stand-still when the coronavirus pandemic had hit and lockdowns were imposed as a safety measure. While the lockdowns were imposed, a number of companies had allowed their respective employees to work from home. Now that the intensity of the coronavirus has reduced in a number of countries, the economies are trying their best to get back on track. But despite that e-commerce giant Amazon has said that it will be allowing its corporate employees to work from home through June, 2021.
It was on October 20, 2020 when Amazon has given an approval for its employees and has allowed them to work from home. When this, the company has extended the timeline to return to the office as the number of coronavirus cases continues to surge in the United States. A spokeswoman from Amazon while talking to a leading daily said that they continue to give priority to the health of their employees and will also continue to follow the guidelines of the government. The spokeswoman added that the employees who can fulfill their roles from home can continue to do so until June, 2021.
Amazon is not the only company to extend the work-from home option for its employees. Earlier in October, 2020 Microsoft said that it will allow most of its employees to work remotely for up to half of their weekly working hours. The company is planning to move towards a hybrid workplace that will allow the flexibility after the offices have been reopened.
On the other hand search engine giant Google had earlier announced that it will allow its employees to work remotely until at least July 2021. The move by the search engine affected about 200,000 full-time as well as contract employees. Facebook and Twitter have also allowed their employees to work remotely for an indefinite time. Amazon has taken the move after more than 19,000 of its employees in the US have tested or are presumed to be positive for COVID-19.
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