In Brief

The online retailer is launching a pilot program that will allow a technical team to work with a considerably shortened schedule

Amazon is testing out a 30-hour work week for some technical teams. Employees will have the same benefits as traditional full-time workers, but receive a proportional 25 percent pay cut. The pilot team would work Monday through Thursday, from 10am to 2pm. Even managers would keep the shorter schedule.

“This 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,” Amazon explained. It’s a surprising move from a company The New York Times once condemned for pushing its employees toward intensive, 80-hour work weeks, but it could be the online retailer’s attempt at recovering from the investigation.

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