Amazon testing part-time tech teams, more flexible scheduling


Amazon wants to try something a bit different with part-time tech teams.

The world of tech can be vicious and cutthroat. Just look at all of the anti-poaching agreements some of the major companies sign with each other to see just how in-demand technical talent can be. Amazon needs engineers just like the rest of them, but they’re taking a bit of a different approach in an attempt to recruit some untapped talent. Amazon wants to set up part-time tech teams, allowing for greater scheduling flexibility while providing the same benefits as their full-time employees.

Now before people start getting too excited, the benefits will be the same, however the pay will reflect the number of hours worked. These part-time teams will work 30 hours per week, with a base schedule of 10am – 2pm Monday through Thursday with other flexible hours available throughout the week. What differentiates these part-time teams from other part-time work is that the entire team — including managers — will work the same part-time core hours.

While the reduced salary may turn some away, the reduced hours may attract just as many, if not more. Those hours would be perfect for parents with children in school, for example. Parents aren’t the only ones that might see benefit in a shorter work week though.

Amazon is having an event for interested parties to discuss the possibilities of such an arrangement. Among their goals for this program:

We want to create a work environment that is tailored to a reduced schedule and still fosters success and career growth. This team structure will ensure similar schedules, and enable ownership that allows team members to innovate and think big on behalf of our customers.

All of the tickets for the event on the 25th have been spoken for, but you can check out their Eventbrite page for more information about what will be discussed.

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  Source: USA Today
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