So I just went to Amazon.com to see if they have a movie available (the documentary Shoah, because I just read thru Siam Sam’s thread on it; they do), and on the front page is a big letter talking about Amazon’s employment policies and safety record and stuff. They talk particularly about how they hire lots of extra people for seasonal employment and how they work hard to hire returning military vets to help them transition into civilian life. Towards the end, they announce a new program they are starting:
I was kind of taken aback. Here’s a company that is offering to help pay for training for it’s employees in fields that will almost certainly not be needed by amazon.com itself. And not just any job, but specifically jobs that are listed as having good pay and high demand.
It seems to me that this is a very forward looking policy. People who get that training and go into those fields will have more disposable income to spend at places like amazon.com. And I have a hard time thinking of anyone disliking the policy, so it creates a bunch of good PR both internally and externally, thus making it more likely that people in general will a) want to work at amazon.com and 2) want to buy stuff from them, not to mention (in conclusion) Hi, Opal!
I hope the program is a success, and think whoever thought this up should get a bonus, like maybe a bunch of free mp3 downloads (that’s what they give me for buying stuff, ya know what I’m sayin’?).