The Denver Post
Amazon is doing fine job managing COVID challenges
I’ve spent the last two years supplementing my income by working in a warehouse for Amazon. As a general rule, I describe the work as brutal and yet I continue to stay the course. A number of issues need to be recognized. Amazon is the leader and trend setter for wages in the industry. Benefits are equal or above competitors. Safety is in fact a paramount concern to leadership. Leadership at every organizational level reflects the community from a diversity standpoint.
Amazon’s operational approach to COVID-19 is a model that corporate America should embrace. While many organizations mandate social distancing and wearing masks, Amazon monitors, encourages and sets routes aside to foster social distancing. The frequency of specialized cleaning and sterilization are daily and include air filtration units.
Amazon’s commitment to their employees includes assisting employees who test positive for COVID-19. I spoke with a co-worker who just returned after spending time in a hospital on a ventilator. Amazon made sure her family was taken care of and that she had the best care available. Amazon pays employees to get vaccinated and is now offering vaccinations for employees and family members over 18. Employees who have already been vaccinated are paid for doing so.
A dose of reality never hurts except to those who throw mud and consequently lose ground. Amazon is a positive force in our community.
Richard Mike Faris, Thornton