Amazon is continuing its effort to recognize the work of those on the front lines. Earlier this year, the e-tail behemoth invested $500 million to support its employees during the COVID-19 crisis, with the company recently tacking on another $500 million worth of “Thank You Bonuses” to front-line workers who were with the company throughout the month of June.
“Our front-line operations teams have been on an incredible journey over the last few months, and we want to show our appreciation with a special one-time Thank You bonus totaling over $500 million,” said Amazon Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations Dave Clark.
Clark released a notice detailing full-time employees of Amazon, Amazon-owned Whole Foods, or drivers for delivery service partners will get $500; part-time employees or drivers will get $250; front-line leaders at Amazon and Whole Foods will get $1,000; and delivery service partner owners, who help get packages to customers, will get $3,000. Drivers for Amazon Flex who worked more than 10 hours in June will get $150.
According to CNN, Amazon has also taken a variety of steps to prevent the spread of the virus, including making more than 150 “process changes” to its operations to enhance safety. When reporting its first-quarter earnings, the e-tailer disclosed it spent more than $600 million on coronavirus-related costs during the first three months of the year and said it expected these costs could grow to at least $4 billion in the second quarter.
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