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Amazon Explores 30-Hour Workweek

Magazine article HRMagazine

Amazon Explores 30-Hour Workweek

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At a time when some employers are offering less flextime despite a robust economy and strong job growth, online retailer Amazon announced that certain teams will be made up of only part-time employees. The company is testing its Part-Time Team Initiative pilot program, which allows entire teams to work 30-hour weeks for 75 percent of their salary and full benefits. The move comes a year after The New York Times published an article portraying the company as a highly competitive, unforgiving place where grueling work schedules were the norm. Amazon disputed the story, saying details about the company's true work environment were ignored.

Amazon's program is intended to help recruit and retain skilled technology workers and to diversify the company's employee base. "This initiative was created with Amazon's diverse workforce in mind and the realization that the traditional full-time schedule may not be a one-size-fits-all model," the company said. …

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