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Amazon workers rather quit than move to “central hub”

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Amazon employees who have been working remotely are choosing to quit rather than adhere to the company’s requirement to relocate to its central hubs.

In a move announced in July, the e-commerce giant instructed certain remote workers to return to offices located in major hubs such as New York City, Seattle, Austin, Texas, or Arlington, Virginia.

Those unwilling to move were given the option to apply for different positions within the company or resign. Employees affected by this directive have until the first half of 2024 to complete their relocation, even if they reside in another state. However, some workers were reportedly given as little as 30 to 60 days to make their decision.

One Amazon employee based in Texas chose to leave the company and secure a different job rather than uproot their life for the move to a central hub. Concerns about future job security and the higher cost of living in major cities were cited as reasons for this decision.

Quitting for family

Three other Amazon employees, located in Colorado, Utah, and California, decided to quit after being instructed to relocate to Seattle. They preferred quitting over disrupting their family lives or incurring the financial burdens of relocation. These employees also noted that the company’s demand seemed unnecessary, as they were already working in-person at local Amazon offices three days a week.

These resignations come amidst a broader trend of tech companies dealing with a slowdown, including layoffs and hiring freezes. Amazon, for instance, has laid off around 27,000 employees since the previous fall, including a wave of 9,000 announced in March, although it still maintains approximately 350,000 corporate employees.

Amazon spokesperson Rob Munoz stated that the relocation requirement affects only a small portion of the company’s workforce, with each team deciding on the hub that best suits their needs. The company is offering benefits to employees who choose to relocate.

Amazon’s recent email warning to employees about office attendance requirements has also caused frustration among workers. Some employees received these messages in error, leading to confusion and resentment.

While some employees are quitting rather than complying with the relocation demand, other major companies, like Meta, have also been pushing their employees to return to the office, raising questions about the future of remote work in the tech industry.

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time

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Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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How can we support a more eco-friendly future?

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With a $23 million commitment for a national circular economy and $1.3 million for net zero transition guidance, Australia is advancing towards sustainability.

Funding Futures is a weekly TV show on Ticker, hosted by Mike Loder and Steven Maarbani from Venture Crowd, that delves into the dynamic and evolving world of venture crowd-raising.

In this episode, we are joined by Cameron Hope, Founder of CEO of Hirehood. #trends #funding futures

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The integral step to entering the property market

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In the debate surrounding housing affordability, a divergence emerges between media portrayals and stark realities. While the crisis is often depicted as insurmountable, critics argue that individuals tend to blame external factors rather than taking personal responsibility.

Despite challenges, advocates urge a shift from despair to possibility, emphasizing personal agency and proactive pursuit of homeownership goals. Thus, while acknowledging the hurdles, reframing the discourse empowers individuals to navigate the housing market with resilience and determination, making the dream of owning a home a tangible reality for those willing to seize it. #Trending #Featured

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