Amazon to Test a 30-hour Workweek

Amazon to Test a 30-Hour Workweek

Amazon.com is going to give select employees the chance to work a shorter work day for reduced pay with benefits.

The Washington Post, is reporting the Internet giant will soon launch a pilot program to test technical teams entirely made up of salaried employees who work 30 hours per work and receive the same benefits as traditional 40-hour workers, but for 75% of the pay full-time workers earn. The pilot program would differ from current part-time workers because it would include an entire team including managers.

Amazon says the initiative was created with its diverse workforce in mind and the realization that the traditional full-time schedule may not be a ‘one-size fits all model’ and hopes to tap into people that they normally wouldn’t have access to because of the way most companies structure a traditional workweek.

Initially, the pilot program will be consisting of a few dozen people. The teams will work on tech products within the human resources division of the company. Team members will be hired from inside and outside the company and will have the option to transition to full-time after the program completion if they choose.

“We want to create a work environment that is tailored to a reduced schedule and still fosters success and career growth,” the company states in the article.