18 months after being deployed, Amazon's program for underperforming employees might be doing more harm than good (AMZN)

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Last year, Amazon implemented a program for employees at risk of being fired, but the process is causing some resentment among employees, according to Bloombgerg’s Spencer Soper.  The most controversial part of the program, the option for a head-to-head video confrontation between the employee and their boss in front of a jury of peers, is seen as unfair in its current state. As a whole, the program was intended to provide transparency and guidance to employees, but 18 months later, employees don’t feel like Amazon is providing the unbiased support they need.  Amazon is a notoriously demanding workplace. So to go easier on employees at risk of being fired, Amazon last year launched a program called “Pivot” to help underperforming employees get back on track. But 18 months after Pivot was launched, the program is creating some resentment among employees, who question how fair the hearing process actually is, according to a new report from Bloomberg’s Spencer Soper. Employees who find themselves on the performance improvement plan (PIP) — Amazon’s version of probation — have three options as of January 2017: 1. Quit and receive severance pay 2. Spend the next few weeks proving their worth by meeting certain performance goals 3. Go…

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