Amazon CEO reportedly told remote employees: “It’s probably not going to work out”

In a recording of the meeting obtained by Insider, Jassy told workers, “It’s past the time to disagree and commit,” adding that “if you can’t disagree and commit… it’s probably not going to work out for you at Amazon because we are going back to the office at least three days a week.”

I’ve heard it said best, I can’t remember where, that CEOs like Jassy, that are pushing for a return to office, do so from the ultimate place of privilege. They don’t have to worry about organizing and paying for child care, costs of commuting, etc.

Demanding that people return to the office and have to deal with these challenges again, especially when the people forcing this can’t relate in any way, is beyond ignorant.

Star Citizen tester claims they lost their job after ‘requirement to end remote working’

Kiplan Case, who according to their LinkedIn profile was a tester at Cloud Imperium’s Austin, Texas studio until recently, claimed this month that their team were “being forced to return to the office” after the company allegedly ditched its vaccine and remote work policies.

Why are companies like Cloud Imperium Games so hellbent on making employees pay the price for buying or renting gigantic, expensive offices across multiple continents?

In my experience, employees are productive when they feel safe, comfortable, trusted, and valued by their employer. They’re more focused and passionate about the work they’re doing, which ultimately leads to a better product.

Besides, if the numerous controversies around Star Citizen’s troubled development are any indication, including reports from 2015 of harassment towards employees by company executives, remote work should be the least of Chris Roberts’ concerns.

Apple’s marketing messaging positions products like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac as ideal tools for remote work, even as Apple tells the employees who design those products to return to the office.

If this pandemic has taught us anything about work, it’s that employees should be able to do their jobs where they feel most productive. Remote jobs are here to stay and any company that doesn’t embrace that, at least somewhat, is setting themselves up for failure.

If the pandemic has taught us anything about work, it’s that employees should be able to do their jobs wherever they feel most productive, including at home. Remote jobs are here to stay. Companies that aren’t willing to face that, even in a hybrid capacity, are setting themselves up for longterm failure.