As the holiday season draws near, Amazon is offering assistance to its employees who are facing financial difficulties. In select warehouses, the company has encouraged its workers to write to Peccy, the company’s mascot and cultural ambassador, requesting support and benefits during the festive season. While this initiative is not being implemented across all Amazon locations, it is still a gesture that some employees have mixed feelings about. While they appreciate the offer, they would prefer higher wages rather than receiving what they consider as symbolic “trinkets.”
Amazon has asked its workers to share their holiday season challenges, and if they are deemed significant, assistance will be offered to them and their families.
The e-commerce giant has been in the news for several reasons lately. In August, Amazon instructed its US employees to work in the office three days a week, which caused dissatisfaction among some. An email checking compliance led to discontent, and some remote-hired employees chose to quit due to the sudden change in working conditions.
As a result of these layoffs, a former Amazon employee developed work-induced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and was put on a performance improvement plan (PIP). Initially complying and adapting, the employee later resigned due to overwhelming stress and perceived threats.