(CTN News) – Amazon is asking managers to assign lower performance ratings to employees who don’t comply with its Return to Work (RTO) policy.
According to Business Insider, the e-commerce giant has blocked promotions for those not meeting strict office attendance requirements.
A number of Amazon employees believe the company’s unusually strict return-to-work policy could be part of a broader strategy akin to a “quiet firing” plan.
It appears that intentionally challenges employees, encouraging them to leave voluntarily, ultimately allowing it to cut costs without facing the backlash of outright terminations.
In early 2023, Amazon pushed for most employees to return to work at least three days a week. After implementing the “return-to-hub” policy in July, individual teams were assigned central locations.
The failure to adhere to this policy will result in either a “voluntary resignation,” which will be interpreted as a self-initiated termination.
Following Amazon’s earlier decision to block promotions for similar reasons,
Business Insider reports that some managers are under pressure to give low performance ratings to employees who do not comply with the attendance policy.
In addition to the many ways in which Amazon supports employee growth and development, promotions are one of them, and we consider a variety of factors when determining whether an individual is ready for advancement.
The compliance with company guidelines and policies is expected to be an important factor for those under consideration for promotion.
Some Amazon employees have resigned following the controversial return-to-hub policy. “The lack of basic human respect shown by leadership with the layoffs and forced RTO is completely unacceptable,” stated one employee.