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Amazon's Innovative New Program Will Make Every Parent Want to Work for Them

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As if we needed another reason to be obsessed with Amazon. Now, in addition to launching one of the most extensive parental leave programs in the country, as well as its Prime service, which has changed the lives of parents everywhere, the company has recently announced that it will be testing a program where select employees will have the option to work a 30-hour work week.

Say what?!

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The program would create technical teams based entirely of part-time employees—including managers—who only work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with additional flex hours. These employees would get paid 75 percent of what would have been their full-time salary, yet continue to receive the same benefits as full-timers.

According to a report in the Washington Post (which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos), the pilot program will consist of "a few dozen people" and is in response to a growing demand for flexible hours and, perhaps more important, to counteract a scathing New York Times article that went viral last year and depicted employees of the company as overworked, stressed and scared to leave work at a decent hour.

A post by the company for an informational seminar says, "[t]his 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."

Whatever the motivation behind this innovative new program, we're super curious to see how it turns out—and if it expands to more companies across the nation.

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