In a post dedicated to Amazon employees, CEO and founder Jeff Bezos outlined guidelines the tech giant is going to take to keep their personnel safe. In the same message, he has also encouraged those who have been laid off during this epidemic to consider working for the company.
Bezos shared the letter on his personal Instagram profile on Saturday saying, “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 itself most critical.”
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The memo comes at that point when businesses, around the globe, are struggling to combat the spreading of this Coronavirus outbreak, which has so far killed more than 12,000 people around the world and has infected around 300,000 people.
In his post, Bezos, noted his employees about how the company “changed its logistics, transportation, supply chain, purchasing, and third party seller processes to prioritise stocking and delivering essential items like household staples, sanitisers, baby formula, and medical supplies.” The company is also providing vital service to people everywhere, especially to elderlies, and the ones who are vulnerable, along with the ones depending on Amazon.
Amazon is also trying to provide masks to its employees who aren’t able to work from home — the company has placed orders for “millions”, however, the company has been facing problems as the masks are in short supply and the governments are currently directing them to facilities that require them the most — like vulnerable areas and hospitals.
Bezos, in the memo, also reiterated that the company is going to hire 100,000 new roles and also mentioned about raising wages for their hourly workers.
He further added, “My own time and thinking is now wholly focused on COVID-19 and on how Amazon can best play its role. I want you to know Amazon will continue to do its part, and we won’t stop looking for new opportunities to help.”
And ended with, “Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. I know that we’re going to get through this, together.”
Read the whole memo here.