Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) Worker In A Suicide Attempt

An Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) worker sustained injuries when leaped from his employer’s building. This was after he had sent an email to hundreds of colleagues including Amazon’s Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Bezos. Confirming the incident, a spokesperson for the Seattle Fire Department said the building was located along Seattle’s Thomas Street and Ninth Avenue North.

Life of Amazon worker not in danger

Though the man was not identified by the authorities, police labeled the incident as a suicide attempt. While the building the man leaped from was 12-story high, the man jumped from a rooftop that was only four stories and then landed on a balcony that was 20 feet below. After being rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, the man’s injuries were described as being non-life-threatening.

According to anonymous sources, the Amazon worker had lately asked to be transferred to a different department. He was, however, put on an employee improvement. The source added that this sort of action at Amazon sometimes led to the termination of employment in instances where improvement in performance did not materialize. At Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, there are more than 20,000 employees working in several buildings.

Amazon addresses the issue

After the incident, Amazon put out a statement.

“Our thoughts are with our colleague as he continues to recover. He’s receiving some of the best care possible and we will be there to support him throughout the recovery process,” part of the statement said.

Amazon’s peak months are November to December and pressure for employees can increase around this time of year due to the high number of orders it receives. Previously the company has been criticized for its workplace culture.

In a New York Times Co (NYSE:NYT) article last year, the online retail giant was painted as having a bruising workplace culture that required employees to criticize and belittle each other besides being encouraged to work long and late. Its employee feedback system was also criticized for being open to abuse since some employees used it to sabotage and backstab their colleagues. Amazon, however, dismissed the story saying the sources were former disgruntled employees. The latest Amazon worker incident will just raise more eyebrows.

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