- Amazon announced Oct. 12 that it is creating more than 120,000 jobs this holiday season in 33 states. The mega-retailer is staffing up its sorting centers, fulfillment centers and customer-service sites.
- The employer hopes to attract workers with competitive benefits. Full-time employees have access to health insurance, retirement plans, company stock and disability coverage, in addition to paid leave, reports Business Insider.
- Part-time employees have access to some benefits, including Career Choice, a program that pays for courses in in-demand fields, Business Insider says.
Amazon allows employees to share paid leave with their spouse or domestic partner if that individual's employer doesn’t offer paid time off, a creative way to accommodate even hourly employees. The company also gives workers control over their return to work, a forward-thinking approach to supporting working parents.
The company's tuition program is also an interesting approach to dealing with the impending automation revolution. The benefit focuses on upskilling for in-demand jobs, an approach other employers may want to consider.
The benefits also may represent an attempt to come back from a less-than-stellar reputation as an employer. The retailer was the subject of a New York Times exposé that painted its workplace as cutthroat and unforgiving. Amazon’s new focus on workers is apparently one way the company has sought to recover its brand.