Jeff Bezos Assures Amazon Employees That HR Working 100 Hours A Week To Address Their Complaints

PC: Stephen Woods via Flickr Creative Commons

PC: Stephen Woods via Flickr Creative Commons

The Onion weighs in:

SEATTLE—In response to accusations of an abusive workplace environment, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos assured employees Tuesday that the company’s human resources staff was working 100 hours a week to address their complaints. “I’ve heard your grievances, and I promise that HR is toiling 16 hours a day, plus weekends, until the problem is solved,” read a company-wide email from Bezos, who promised that members of the human resources department would not be allowed to rest for a single second until allegations of a cruel, backstabbing office culture at Amazon were fully dealt with. “Nothing matters more to me than the well-being of our employees, and our HR staff will continue to work their fingers to the bone—not seeing their families or friends or anything at all outside their offices—for as long as it takes to make this right.” Bezos added that any employee not fully committed to ensuring a healthy work-life balance should look for a job elsewhere.

The Onion article.

Going by current trends, my vacation fortnight will probably be all about the Amazon workplace exposé and its aftermath. Not bad in a way, I suppose. It is an utterly entertaining and engrossing watch.

I’ll likely be doing my share of not-so-stellar journalism here, linking to articles that have been written on the net, most of them in showering little love on the original bone-chilling exposé of the meanest monopolistic giant out there.

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