Amazon Launches FamilyFlex to Give Front-line Employees Flexibility and Support and to Help Parents Transition Back to the Workplace
Employee program gives parents across the company’s
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“Millions of women have left the workforce as a result of the caregiving crisis created by COVID-19, and women's workforce participation has hit its lowest rate since the 1980s,” said
“Work-life balance is something that's very important to me. Being able to choose my own schedule allows me to spend time with my daughter,” said
Flexible scheduling for employees
Swap shifts ahead of time or at the last minute: Employees shared that they want the flexibility to manage life events by switching shifts rather than using time off. Eligible employees can now swap shifts easily using Amazon’s internal mobile app or desktop site. With just a few clicks, employees can swap shifts with a co-worker or exchange a current shift for a future one that they have scheduled for themselves, letting them easily choose to work a different day that week. The program is currently available to nearly 500,000 employees in Amazon’s fulfillment and delivery network across the
U.S.with more expansion on the horizon.
Create your own schedule with “Anytime Shifts”: Anytime Shifts is a flexible option that gives employees in select roles the opportunity to pick the time and type of shift that works best for them. Employees who opt for this type of role can pick up shifts on Amazon’s internal app to create their own preferred schedule. They can also use the app to cancel a shift in as little as 16 hours before the shift begins. The company currently has over 23,000 open roles that qualify for Anytime Shifts across its
U.S.operations network, and more than 100,000 employees have utilized the benefit.
Flexible pay options
Employees have shared there are times when they would like the option to access their earnings without waiting for payday. With “Anytime Pay,” a free, fast pay program, select
Supporting families with care options and resources
Employees have said that they appreciate support throughout all stages of their lives. All
Pregnancy and parental leave:
Amazonoffers a range of fully paid pregnancy and leave options for eligible new parents, including up to 20 weeks of paid pregnancy and parental leave for birthing parents. The company also has an industry-unique “Leave Share” option and a flexible return-to-work program known as “Ramp Back.” The Leave Share program gives new parents the option to give up to six weeks of paid parental leave to a spouse or partner who isn’t eligible for parental leave from their employer. The Ramp Back program offers parents eight consecutive weeks of flexibility and partial work hours after the birth or adoption of a child as they readjust to work schedules as new parents.
Child care, elder care, and referral services: Employees have free access to a network of more than 2 million caregivers, including nannies, babysitters, and special-needs caretakers.
Amazonprovides free access to UrbanSitter, Sittercity, and Years Ahead, which connect employees to child, elder, and pet care providers. Amazonpays for the memberships to find care, while employees pay for care services. Amazonemployees can also receive preferred enrollment for full-service care at Bright Horizons child care centers with waived registration fees up to $250, tuition discounts for full-service care at participating non-Bright Horizons network partner centers, and discounted tutoring and test prep services for students.
- Rethink: Employees have access to a variety of free resources for parents of children with autism, ADHD, and other developmental disabilities. This benefit includes ongoing remote consultations with a dedicated behavior expert to answer specific questions and other resources to assist children with skills like socialization, self-help, and academics. Rethink also offers free consultations, training videos, and a library of online resources to help support children of employees.
- Mental health resources: Resources for Living, a free single place to start for personalized, convenient, and confidential mental health and daily life support, is available 24/7 to all employees, their families, and anyone in their household. Free one-on-one counseling sessions—three sessions per person, per topic—are included and can be used by anyone in the employee’s household.
Adoption Assistance: The company offers up to six weeks of paid leave for parents who adopt.
Amazonalso reimburses employees for qualified expenses such as adoption and attorney fees, court costs, and travel, up to $5,000per child.
“The pandemic has put a spotlight on, and even exacerbated, the challenges faced by families who care for young children,” said
To learn more about Amazon’s FamilyFlex, visit: https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/operations/amazon-familyflex-helps-bring-more-parents-back-to-the-workplace.