Employees may not support it, but local businesses in Seattle are eagerly waiting for Amazon to get back to work.
SEATTLE – Monday ushered in a new era for Amazon as employees began returning to the office at least three days a week.
That means tens of thousands of employees will return to downtown Seattle, marking a major policy shift for the tech giant and a major shift for the city in the wake of the pandemic.
Businesses in and around Amazon’s South Lake Union campus are hoping that means boosting their bottom line as well.
Joseph Smith, manager of Middle Eastern eatery Manna, which opens on the corner, said: “We were absolutely looking forward to it, we’ve been planning it for a few weeks now and we actually had a meeting with him. Amazon”. of Terry and the Republican Party last summer.
Since then, business has been slow, Smith said. In fact, he predicts sales will grow a few hundred percent slowly.
“From 0 to 60 in about two weeks,” Smith said, adding that they have been working on their system to be more efficient and have also updated their presence on third-party delivery apps. Tuesday to make money on lunchtime rush.
“DoorDash currently accounts for less than 10% of our sales,” Smith said.
While businesses are hopeful, the new policy is worrying some employees who are calling for the tech giant to be more transparent.
One employee, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “If you are doing your job and you did it very well in your previous work situation, and are now asked to do your work in space these particular times a week”.
He said it was the controlling party that was the most annoying, especially after being hired during the pandemic and under the impression that he would be able to continue working from home.
“I also learned that each department head will start tracking…how many people come in those three days a week,” said the employee, who is not alone.
KING 5 has obtained images of a Slack channel called “Remote Advocacy” that has more than 33,000 people in it posting concerns and questions about the comeback.
A letter from management in response to an employee-signed request to cease implementation reads: “The guiding principle used in our decision-making process is to prioritize what will give allowing us to make our customers’ lives better and easier every day, and relentlessly inventing to do so.”
While it’s not clear if and how the new policy will be enforced, the employee said: “Even though I’m complaining, if I need to comply, I’ll probably comply.” He hopes for more transparency from Amazon in the future.
An Amazon spokesperson responded to our request for comment on the full implementation:
“We’re excited to have employees come to the office more often because we believe it builds culture and connections across our teams, and drives innovation on behalf of our customers. Adjusting to the new way of working will take some time and we will continue to keep employees up to date with the latest information and deal with individual cases on an individual basis.”
Employees are also not allowed to return to the office until their building is ready.