Saturday, February 9, 2019

02/09/2019. Why policies of Amazon are unlawful

Insist on the highest standards of oppression to our families. I am an engineer at Amazon: 2017-present.

No protest for today and tomorrow. Saturday and Sunday are weekends for most of Amazonians yet. Thus, I can take a rest also.
Due to winter storm, library is closed. Will try to get there tomorrow, I need to print a lo-o-t of leaflets. On Monday will give them to all the Spheres an Doppler patrons.
Can't print them at Amazon office because they suspended my badge. Amazon management is prudent.
My manager blamed me I don't comply with Amazon principle "Insist on the Highest Standards". Well, he can think that. But now I am sure I comply with the principle "Have Backbone; Disagree and Commit": Leaders are obligated to respectfully challenge decisions when they disagree, even when doing so is uncomfortable or exhausting. Leaders have conviction and are tenacious. They do not compromise for the sake of social cohesion. Once a decision is determined, they commit wholly.
They can argue citing last words: Once a decision is determined, they commit wholly. Why didn't I commit? I ask: decision taken by whom? If my manager and his managers all the way till Bezos support oppression, should I respect their opinion?

Then the only authority here is God. I say: Once a decision is determined BY GOD, I commit wholly. But God didn't ask me to stop protesting yet.
Let’s talk about major leadership principle of Amazon “Insist on the Highest Standards”. Amazon provides the following explanation of this principle: “Leaders have relentlessly high standards - many people may think these standards are unreasonably high. Leaders are continually raising the bar and drive their teams to deliver high quality products, services and processes. Leaders ensure that defects do not get sent down the line and that problems are fixed so they stay fixed.”
Every employer and every employee in the world knows: the better you work the better. The higher your limit the more chance of your promotion. The lower your limit the sooner the date of your termination. Why Amazon emphasizes this obvious statement? The answer is simple. Amazon easily excuse legality of genocide towards workers.
Many engineers are assigned with yearly goals. These goals should comply with the Amazon leadership principles. Thus, it is easy to terminate an employee by saying: you did not “Insist on the Highest Standards”. 
The trick here is: you can say this to anybody! You can say “you don’t insist on the highest standards” even to the most genius engineer in the world! Because the principle provides “Leaders have relentlessly high standards - many people may think these standards are unreasonably high. Leaders are continually raising the bar...” It doesn’t matter how good your work is. You can be rated by compliance with the bar, and the bar can be risen indefinitely.

One asked me about what Amazon policy I want to change? There are a lot of them. Let's start just with law compliance. Amazon policies do not comply with the federal law. Look:
Amazon policies prohibit discrimination based on all standard signs - race, disability, sex etc.
But Amazon is cunning. Amazon policy does NOT protect employees from discrimination based on their relationship or association with an individual with a disability. Just to remind, it is the FEDERAL LAW.
Thus, most of NYT Amazon examples are really cruel and inhuman. Employees are punished because their parents are dying, their children are disabled etc. I hear shaking Hitler in his coffin. These are not single examples of "bad" managers. This is a company culture. Official company policies support the CULTURE worse than genocide. During the genocide, Jews were not treated in that way.
NYT published article in 2015. Today in 2019 4 years later Amazon still has no such policy.
How many people suffered from this horror during these 4 years? How many of their relatives were disabled, injured or dying? Do they know that Jeff Bezos lied to them about "zero tolerance to such lack of empathy"?


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