E-commerce mogul, Jeff Bezos, posted a message to his Amazon employees on his Instagram earlier this week, saying:
“Dear Amazonians, this isn’t business as usual, and it’s a time of great stress and uncertainty. It’s also a moment in time when the work we’re doing is most critical.”
He praised his team saying he is grateful for the work they are doing and went on to add: “Across the world, people are feeling the economic effects of this crisis, and I’m sad to tell you I predict things are going to get worse before they get better.”
Due to the global pandemic COVID-19, many workers have been sent home to be in quarantine. While the lucky ones can continue to work from home, too many have been basically laid off indefinitely.
Without their regular income, and no telling of how long they will have to wait until they can go back to their jobs, life can get tough.
Given this, Amazon’s founder announced, “We’re hiring for 100,000 new roles and raising wages for our hourly workers who are fulfilling orders and delivering to customers during this period of stress and turmoil.”
He continued, “We hope people who’ve been laid off will come work with us until they’re able to go back to the jobs they had.”
While the new hires won’t be able to work from home, Bezos states that they have implemented several “preventative health measures for employees and contractors” and their sites worldwide. He ends the message with, “Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. I know that we’re going to get through this, together.”
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