Amazon is a too-well-known name in the world of 2016. So when the company announced that it is experimenting with the idea of setting up 30 hour workweek for some of its technical team, the news was bound to raise some waves.
In the past years, the online titan received several black marks for overworking its employees. Ever since then, however, the company has tried to demonstrate that they have raised the bar for themselves when it comes to matters of employee satisfaction.
Amazon currently boasts with equal wages between employees with the same position, indifferent of gender or ethnicity. However, the company likes to leave out that women comprise less than a fifth of their total employee base.
In short, Amazon was looking for a way to hire women without actually promoting the fact that they were trying to hire more women than men, while also promoting a safe and work satisfactory environment.
Enter the 30 hour workweek, a brilliant social and corporate experiment. Featuring 25 percent less work per week and 25 percent less pay per week, the 30 hour workweek is the perfect compromise for a person who wants to commit to their job more than just part time but still needs some extra time every day.
Not surprisingly, fresh mothers looking to go back to work fit the category perfectly,
Why Is The 30 Hour Workweek A Brilliant Idea?
Realistically, apart from specialized services for young or new moms, job possibilities are not that high. Not all part time jobs come with the safety and security of a stable work environment and not every hiring firm can guarantee that a mother can have those critical extra hours per day to rest or spend with their child.
However, when a well known company which declared that it is trying to create better conditions, and that it values equality between genders issues an experimental 30 hour workweek, all young women interested in a technical position will rush to the occasion.
Although the initial technical team will be comprised of only about a dozen individuals, the 30 hour workweek is bound to be successful. Amazon’s heavy automatization now ensure that most technical positions are based on data management and less on excruciating labor.