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Amazon backflips on return to work plan as team leaders take the reign



Working remotely a dream no more, as e-commerce giant Amazon asks corporate staff to make an effort to return to the office.

Corporate Amazon employees to the office

Amazon is leaving it up to team managers to decide how often their employees come in to work when offices reopen next year.

CEO Andy Jassy said Amazon found it couldn’t have a “one-size-fits-all approach”, with flexible working to stay beyond the pandemic.

‘We’re going to be in a stage of experimenting, learning, and adjusting for a while as we emerge from this pandemic,’ Jassy wrote in a memo addressed to employees.

The decision comes after the e-commerce giant axed it original plan for corporate staff to return to offices for a 3-day week, by January 3 2022.

But their new approach doesn’t come without a few ground rules, with employees expected to attend in-person meetings.

‘At this stage, we want most of our people close enough to their core team that they can easily travel to the office for a meeting within a day’s notice.’

This expectation therefore crushes the dreams of employees who may have wished to work remotely on an international scale.

High-performing staff already employed to fulfil a work-from-home position are exempt from this rule, but will see their workload cut significantly.

This means that those who want to work from a remote location will only be able to do so for up to four weeks a year.

A hybrid approach

While Amazon employees are expected to make an effort to come into the office, Jassy doesn’t anticipate that all staff will return full-time.

He says that team leaders may choose to have their staff working from home on an almost regular basis, while others may follow a hybrid model.

“It depends on what will be most effective for our customers,” Jassy says.

“[Additionally], we will all continue to be evaluated by how we deliver for customers, regardless of where the work is performed.”

Hundreds of thousands of Amazon’s 1.3 million employees will learn about what is expected of them before January 3 next year.

Meanwhile, Amazon will continue to monitor the rapidly changing dynamic of the pandemic to assess what will help the company uphold their unique customer experience.

“With lots of invention and change in front of us, you can bet that we will continue to adjust as we keep learning what makes most sense for our customers and teams.”

Written by Rebecca Borg


How the man training A-listers has built a fitness empire



He’s the Australian personal trainer who helped Rebel Wilson shred more than 30 kilos of her weight

He’s the coach keeping The Voice judge Rita Ora looking trim and lean, as well as the entrepreneur pioneering the fitness industry in Sydney, Australia.

Jono Castano is working his magic skills on Sir Richard Branson, so what next for the renowned trainer as he takes on the world?

Watch Jono live on-air with ticker’s Holly Stearnes to discuss his success, training the stars, business moves and fitness advice as we emerge from the pandemic.

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Your next rental car could be a Tesla, following a major deal with Hertz



Tesla is driving at full speed, with the EV giant striking a major deal with rental car agent, Hertz

Elon Musk owned, Tesla has officially crossed a $1 trillion stock market valuation for the first time in its operating history…and it follows a major order from global rental car agency, Hertz

Hertz plans to order 100,000 new EVs for its fleet.

It is the biggest-ever order from rental car company Hertz, and a deal that has reinforced the electric car leader’s ambitions to top the entire auto industry in sales over the next decade.

But for Tesla and its investors, Hertz’s decision to order 100,000 Tesla vehicles by the end of 2022 showed electric vehicles are no longer a niche product, but will dominate the mass car market in the near future.

Tesla data will be stored in China

Tesla also appeared on Monday to be making progress resolving regulatory problems that threatened its business in China

The company stated that it had opened a new data and research center in Shanghai to comply with government requirements that data collected from vehicles within China, stay in the country.

Tesla now faces the daunting day-to-day challenge of becoming a high-volume automaker growing at a rate not seen since the early 1900s…when demand exploded for Henry Ford’s Model T.

Tesla is also trying to manage an order backlog for its vehicles as it continues to deal with extended supply chain disruptions. 

Investors and analysts, for now, are looking past the near-term challenges, with the latest deal struck between Tesla and Hertz set to only create more hype around its share price.

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Crown Resorts to keep Melbourne casino license



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After being entangled within a corruption scandal, Crown Resorts is set to retain its Melbourne casino license

The Victorian Royal Commission found the resort’s conduct to be “disgraceful” but the final report recommends that Crown Melbourne to receive a two-year grace period.

This is so the company can be under the control of a “special manager” that can rectify an “alarming catalogue of the wrongdoing”, addressing the money laundering that Crown was allegedly involved in.

After this period, the special manager will determine whether they are satisfied with the company and whether they should retain its Victorian casino license.

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