Changing workplace culture sends Amazon Nashville back to the drawing board
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The business landscape continues to change as society emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, and businesses need to rethink their workplace plans.
Amazon is among those who have to go back to the drawing board. The company announced earlier this week that it was suspending office construction on its second tower in Nashville.
While plans are still moving forward for common areas, as a company spokesperson said the building shell and core are nearing completion, plans will be delayed for traditional work floors.
Spokesperson Zachary Goldsztejn says there’s no need to worry and Amazon is still fully committed to Music City.
“With hybrid working, it gives us a moment to reflect and re-evaluate how employees best use the office and how, in the long run, we can create the best spaces for the new ways people use the office,” Goldsztejn said. “What we’re trying to build for our people are spaces for collaboration, spaces for brainstorming, for teams to work together, for socializing and really creating these spaces that will work in the long term in new ways of working.”
The company has more than 2,500 technical and corporate employees working at Amazon Nashville, with more than 500 open positions. Plans are also still underway to create a total of 5,000 business and tech jobs in the city over the next few years.
“It combines hybrid work from home, what works best in the office, and what works best for us to continue to deliver to our customers,” Goldsztejn said.
And Amazon isn’t the only major company facing this change. Experts say many companies need to rethink their workflows.
“As companies try to bring employees together in person, it’s different from what we’ve seen in the past, you know. Employees know they can largely do their jobs from home,” said Angela Copeland, senior vice president of marketing for Recruiter.com. “And when they get back together, it’s more of a hybrid experience. So it gets together once a week, once a month, you know, once in a while.
A statement released by Amazon earlier this week also reaffirmed the company’s commitment to investing in the community, including “providing affordable housing and supporting local nonprofits.”
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There is currently no timeline for when office construction will move forward.