Amazon Worker Develops PTSD Under Work Pressure, Forced to Resign Without Alternatives.


A former Amazon staff member disclosed experiencing PTSD as a result of work-related stress, particularly following their placement on a performance improvement plan by the company.

Earlier this year, Amazon drew attention when it announced the separation of an additional 9,000 employees, following the layoffs of 18,000 individuals the previous year. Numerous Amazon workers shared their experiences on LinkedIn, seeking better opportunities on the job-search platform.

According to a report from Business Insider, an unnamed former Amazon employee, who served in the Human Resources department, detailed their decision to leave the company due to developing PTSD as a result of work-related pressure. The employee disclosed being placed on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) by the company.

Despite initially complying with the demands of the PIP, demonstrating adaptability, the former employee ultimately chose to resign, citing the stress and perceived threat posed by the situation. Upon informing their manager of the resignation, the employee claimed their manager reacted strongly, expressing anger and disbelief at the two-week notice period. The ex-employee emphasized that their decision to leave was a response to the perceived threat rather than a lack of respect.

In response to these allegations, an Amazon representative informed Business Insider that the ex-employee’s account “does not align with the majority of employees’ experiences within the company.”

In November of this year, another Amazon employee shared that he opted to leave the company instead of relocating across the country to retain his job. In a piece authored for Business Insider, the man described his experience and highlighted his increased happiness despite a significant pay cut.

A previous report by Moneycontrol unveiled a program initiated by Amazon’s co-founder Jeff Bezos in 2014, offering up to USD 5,000 (approximately Rs 4.1 lakh) to employees through the “Pay to Quit” option. This program aimed to retain only those employees who were committed and motivated to stay at the company.

In a letter to shareholders, Bezos explained, “Once a year, we offer to pay our associates to quit.” The offer started at $2,000 in the first year and increased by $1,000 each subsequent year until reaching $5,000. Bezos emphasized the goal of encouraging employees to think about their true desires, stating, “In the long run, an employee staying somewhere they don’t want to be isn’t healthy for the employee or the company.

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