While Amazon’s Day 1 culture drives its employees to delight customers every single day, Amazon also prides itself on fostering a supportive work environment for its diverse workforce. Besides competitive compensation and regular benefits, Amazon offers a whole suite of benefits around mental health, parental support and family planning. Employees can also take advantage of a wide range of Amazon-exclusive perks, both at the office and at home. Here are some lesser-known perks that sets Amazon apart.
1. Comprehensive mental health support
Mental health is important for everyone, and it impacts each one of us differently. Amazon’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers confidential support for mental health, money management and life coaching. Amazon has also introduced a self-guided mental health program complemented by Twill Therapeutics, an app and web platform that provides 24/7 access to mental health tools and resources. From mindfulness training to self-guided mental health programs, Amazonians, their families and household member (over the age of 18 years) have the tools they need to stay in the right frame of mind.
2. Pediatric mental health support
It can be challenging to get the right mental health care for your children. The addition of pediatric mental health services to EAP ensures that employees can access personalised and confidential care for their children (1.2- 17 years), including six sessions of counselling per year, for free. From counseling to specialised resources, Amazon supports families through various childhood challenges, fostering a healthier family dynamic. Amazon employees have access to specialised services that support conditions such as sleep disruption, disruptive behaviors, tough transitions, bullying, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more.
3. Exclusive discounts with Amazon Extras
Amazon Extras offers exclusive discounts on resources that promote physical well-being. From nutritional tracking and physical workouts to physiotherapy sessions and mindfulness apps, employees have access to tools that contribute to their overall health. This holistic approach to well-being sets Amazon's benefits apart. In India, Amazon Extras has undergone a significant update this year following inputs from Amazonians. The program now offers exclusive discounts on wellness-focused apps and resources, including nutrition and calorie tracking, home workouts, and gym plans. Additionally, employees can benefit from reduced rates on physiotherapy sessions, mindfulness apps, vaccinations, and pharmacy products.
4. Holistic wellness with Svasthya
‘Svasthya’ is an exclusive initiative tailored for Amazon India employees offering all-encompassing solutions for holistic wellness. Apart from the yearly health assessment, teleconsultations, and second opinion services, Svasthya offers digital wellness support through webinars that cover emotional, physical, and financial well-being. Expert-led sessions under Svasthya delve into diverse topics like lifestyle management and mindful eating, with the aim of alleviating stress and enhancing mental health. Additionally, Samridhi by Svasthya, an extension of this initiative, places emphasis on financial wellness and imparts valuable insights through webinars and email communication.
5. Support for new parents
Amazon acknowledges the importance of a smooth transition for new parents rejoining the workforce. With the ‘Ramp Back’ program, new parents can choose to work reduced hours (after they return from parental leave) for eight consecutive weeks as they readjust to work schedules.