Amazon wants to begin to banish the criticism it receives for the treatment of its workers and has unveiled an interesting educational initiative. The company founded by Jeff Bezos will pay for the university studies of some of its workers in the United States.
As reported, this possibility will be used for employees who work in Amazon warehouses. Specifically, the signature indicates that 750,000 “hourly workers” are eligible for this program. At the moment the complete list of requirements to apply for this benefit is unknown; However, it is mentioned that those who have been part of the company for at least 90 days can sign up.
Amazon will pay the full college tuition for chosen employees, and it will do so in advance. This means that students / workers should not take the money out of their own pocket and wait until the end of the course for the company to pay it back. An important point to note is that the cost assumed by the company is not only that of classes, but also that of books, and other expenses.
In addition, employees who are part of the program access annual funding for education for the duration of their career. The “only” requirement to have them, logically, is to continue working for Amazon. It is also worth noting that this educational financing program is not limited to university studies, but also reaches those who wish to complete high school, among other school proposals.
Amazon wants to start amending the relationship with its warehouse workers
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In recent years, the main criticisms against Amazon focused on the treatment of their workers, especially those that work in warehouses. The company has been the focus of several controversies; for example, long and strenuous working hours, invasive monitoring methods, and protests over working conditions in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, among others. Even delivery men have made headlines for being forced to urinate in plastic bottles so as not to be delayed on their journeys.
Amazon seems to be trying to make amends for those situations, and education is the path it has chosen. Logically, the firm led by Andy Jassy not only wants to strengthen the bond with its employees, but to condition a long-term work commitment.
For employees, meanwhile, what Amazon offers is a useful alternative to face the very high expenses of higher education in the United States. Bear in mind that the vast majority of those interested in pursuing university studies must take student loans; consequently, they spend a good part of their adult life trying to get out of this debt.