There was a time in the United States when workers were forced to essentially do what their employers told them to do.
For instance, if the company told someone they employed “your workday at the office starts at 8:30 A.M, that employe would then have to show up at that time.
It sounds so bizarre, so weird, and so long ago, but it was actually happening in this country as recently as 2019.
Each day brings further evidence that the balance of power appears to be shifting in the workplace. Millions of workers are terrified of going to the office. and many refuse to.
Amazon is dealing with that dilemma right now, and they are empowering employees even further by giving workers more control on how much time they spend at the office.
They announced they will put the decision into individual teams as to how much time they will spend in the office.
It could range from full-time to almost exclusively remotely from their home.
Here’s what Andy Jassy, the new CEO said about this bizarre new setup.
“At a company of our size, there is no one-size-fits-all approach for how every team works best. For our corporate roles, instead of specifying that people work a baseline of three days a week in the office, we’re going to leave this decision up to individual teams.”
Sorry Amazon delivery workers and warehouse workers. You do not get the luxury of working in your jammies from your dining room table.