Amazon experimenting with 30-hour work weeks for some employees
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 6: The Amazon logo is projected onto a screen at a press conference on September 6, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. Amazon unveiled the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle Fire HD in 7 and 8.9-inch sizes. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Amazon already offers its part-time workers the same benefits as full-time employees, but this is the first time the company is giving that option to specific teams, including their managers.
A posting by Amazon for an informational seminar on the initiative said it was created with the company's "diverse workforce" in mind.
"We want to create a work environment that is tailored to a reduced schedule and still fosters success and career growth," the post said. "This initiative was created with Amazon's diverse workforce in mind and the realization that the traditional full-time schedule may not be a 'one size fits all' model."
Many are speculating that the move is in response to The New York Times' derogatory investigation into Amazon's work culture last year, which labeled the company as a "bruising" workplace.
The idea of a shorter work week definitely isn't anything new.
Many companies all over the world have switched to a 30-hour week, and studies show it has increased productivity and happiness among employees.
According to the Post, Amazon doesn't have plans to reduce its work week for the entire company.