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Amazon to experiment with '30-hour work teams'

The employees will receive three-quarters of what their 40-hour week counterparts earn, but with the same benefits. Photograph: (Getty)

WION San Francisco, United States Aug 27, 2016, 04.55 AM (IST)
The United States online retail giant Amazon is trying out teams with employees who will work 30 hours a week, the Washington Post reported on Friday. 

The employees will receive three-quarters of what their 40-hour week counterparts earn, but with the same benefits as them.

"We want to create a work environment that is tailored to a reduced schedule and still fosters success and career growth,” Amazon said, according to the report, adding that the conventional full-time schedule may not be a one-size-fits-all model.

The program will only be restricted to certain small teams dedicated to designing technical system, a source told AFP news agency. 

Though Amazon allows its employees to work part-time, it has been widely criticised for its stressful working conditions in the past, especially at fulfillment centers where pressure is high to ship purchases to customers quickly and efficiently.

The New York Times had last year created an uproar with a story projecting Amazon’s white collar workers as weeping on their desks and going without sleep for days. Amazon had rejected the portrayal, accusing the newspaper of missing out on major elements in its investigation. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)







 
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